I detest the smell of Play Doh. I remember disliking it even when I was a little girl and I loved playing with it myself.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I almost had to leave working in the church nursery because the kids were playing with play doh and the smell just overwhelmed me.
Not to mention…it’s crumbly, it sticks to your carpet, it goes dry very easily, it can be expensive!
The early childhood educator in me knows that there are many benefits to the creative play that play dough offers:
Play dough (and other art materials)
So I was on the hunt for a make your own play dough recipe that wasn’t crumbly, was easy for my kids little hands to manipulate, and was low cost.
I tried many different recipes. Some were rock hard, some started to go bad after only a day or two, and some required ingredients I don’t typically have on hand.
I stumbled upon this recipe, and with some slight tweaks, it’s the best one I’ve found yet. The consistency of the play dough is more soft and pliable than commercial play doh and it’s very easy for little hands to manipulate. It lasts a LONG time too.
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
|You don’t need fancy toys to play with play dough, cookie cutters, plastic knives work fine (age appropriate of course)|