Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Uncooked Play Dough Recipe. Makes Fun Dough in Just Five Minutes!


There are many things young kids love to do to pass the time, but it can be said that helping out in the kitchen at home and playing with play dough are right up there on their list of fun stuff to do.

I've made my fair share of play dough over the years for my children. It's a bit of a right of passage on the parenting journey. I've also bought plenty of the stuff too. While it's cheap to buy, nothing feels quite the same as real homemade dough, plus your kids think you're amazingly clever when you do it yourself!

Homemade play dough is soft, inexpensive, abundant and you can choose your own colours, plus it's a whole lot of fun to prepare. There are many recipes out there for messy stove-top versions and fiddly microwave recipes, but did you know there's also a version of play dough that requires no cooking at all?

This recipe is clearly a personal favourite! (#lazymama)

To demo, I roped-in a couple of my cutest little helpers to make a big batch of fresh play dough. Being an uncooked recipe is extra special for littlies. They can manage this one all by themselves with just an ounce of grown-up intervention.

 
Next time your kids are moaning about being bored, knock together this simple dough recipe. It takes all of five minutes to prepare straight from your pantry. Kids can mix it by hand or do as we did and use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook for a super-fast method. Either way this is so easy and ultra-fun for kids to make and play with.
 
Uncooked Play Dough Recipe
 
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cooking oil. (We use olive oil)
1 cup of water
Food colouring of your choice.
 
 
Add the flour to a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
 
 


Add the cup of salt.

 
Choose your colour (or mix your own) and add 1-2 tablespoons of this to the dry mix, depending on the colour intensity you desire.
 
 
Finally, add the cup of water and the oil in parts with your mixer set on a low speed. (Make sure you are using your dough hook attachment.) On occasion, stop your mixer and scrape down the sides to ensure all the flour and colour is blending together well. 
 
If you're mixing this by hand, stir well until all ingredients are combined and resemble a loose dough.
 

The dough will be quite tacky when the mixing is done. Now it's time to knead with some extra plain flour by hand until the dough becomes drier, with none of this tackiness remaining.

Kids absolutely adore the kneading stage! Remember to place a piece of baking paper on your bench to make the cleaning up afterwards, easier.


We probably used around half a cup to one cup of extra flour to knead our play dough into the correct texture. My kids managed this on their own and enjoyed the kneading experience.

The play dough straight out of the mixer prior to kneading with extra flour.

This recipe makes a large batch of dough - enough for 2-3 kids to enjoy. You can divide your dough to make different coloured batches if you prefer from the one recipe. You can also add extra pizzazz with glitter or other craft-store additives if you wish.

When the dough is ready, get out a selection of cookie cutters, rolling pins and toy tea sets and enjoy a good two hours of peace while the kids play!

Store your home made play dough in an airtight container in a cool, dark place such as your pantry. This play dough keeps for ages if stored correctly.

For more fun in the kitchen with kids, try these Holey Moley pancakes.
 
Have you ever made play dough? What's your favourite recipe for play dough?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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26 comments:

  1. Am saving this post for next time the grand daughter comes over. Fun!

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    1. Fantastic Leanne. Let me know how it goes!

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  2. aww, fun! Cute time...seems so long ago now!

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    1. It's a nice slack recipe for mummies like myself who just don't have a whole lot of time to devote. The kids think it's fantastic.

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  3. Oh my goodness my grandkids would have loved this too. Great idea and it looks such fun. Denyse #teamIBOT

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    1. You will have to get 'cooking' with your grandkids. :D

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  4. This is similar to the recipe I use. I love it because it's ready to use in minutes and keeps them busy for ages. I keep ours wrapped in glad wrap in the playdough equipment tub and it keeps for months.

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    1. Isn't it great? I would love to know all about yours if it's a bit different.

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  5. I've been thinking of trying uncooked play dough with the kids, but read a couple of bad reviews saying it's hard to get the right consistency. I'll def give this recipe a go.

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    1. Getting it right is all part of the making fun for kids and honestly, this is so quick and not even that messy. It really helps keep the kids entertained.

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  6. Amazing! Thus sounds sp and my little boy would love helping to make it. Thanks for sharing xx #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Give it a try with him. I am sure he will enjoy every minute of it.

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  7. I'll have to remember this recipe. I think this is similar to the one my mum used to make! #twinklytuesday

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    1. Definitely worth the effort. It's only a little effort really.

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  8. This looks like great fun!

    #TwinklyTuesday

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  9. Wow this sounds fun... making play dough and finally playing it. Thanks for sharing this recipe, will definitely try it because my kids love playing it a lot. #binkylinky

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  10. This is fab, for ages I used to make playdough for my son, but then he got really into it and started wanting different colours so I started buying it instead. But now we actually have some food colouring in the house, so I might have to give this a go again! x #TheList

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  11. How cool is that! I'm totally doing this! My kids LOVE play-doh, and go through buckets of the stuff. (We have the same mixer, too). Thank you! x

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  12. Easily Peasy fun. We love a bit of play dough and as you've shown, it's super easy to replace old brown dough with bright new colours. I love your kitchen aid by the way!

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  13. I'm totally going to try this! At our local playgroup, they have homemade play dough and it lasts for so long - months! I tried to make some myself using a method which uses the microwave, it didn't work very well! Going to try this! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  14. This looks great and so easy great photos thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

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  15. Ohhhh i love how bright this turned out! #ToddlerAprovedTuesday

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  16. This looks great and so easy too. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x (it would be great if you could add our badge or link back, thanks

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  17. I've never made my own - it looks fun! #thelist

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  18. I love that this one doesn't need to be cooked - that way my 7 year old could help me with the whole process!

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  19. Play dough is very popular in our house too. My 2 year old son is now helping me make it! He loves it.

    Thanks for linking up with us at Friday Favourites.

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