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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