DIY Homemade Play-doh Recipe
Every child (and some adults too), love Play-doh. It’s a childhood staple to have some for rainy days, the Sunday comics, and kids with sensory seeking issues in general. While the name brand claims to be non-toxic, you still don’t want your kids eating it, which they likely will. This homemade play-doh is a quick and easy way to keep them safe, and you can make some crazy colors that you simply can’t get from the original brand. This play-doh is made from ingredients in your own kitchen, so while it may not taste good, at least you know it’s safe. Plus it’s cheaper, which let’s face it…we all want cheaper lives!
You Will Need:
- 1 cup flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 tbs. vegetable oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- food coloring
This recipe will make one large batch of plain off-white dough. Separate it into smaller chunks to dye whatever colors you like.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together flour, salt, and oil.
- Add the boiling water, mix well using a whisk. This will become thicker and you may have to use something else to mix, however, it will be too hot to mix with your hands. A Kitchen-Aide is ideal.
- Knead the mixture until a soft dough forms.
- Separate into smaller chunks. Add a drop of food coloring for brighter or darker color. For the brightest color and a wider range of colors, use the Wilton brand food coloring from the craft store.
- For even brighter color, add one package of drink mix (Kool-Aid) to your dough.
- If you know your child is going to end up eating the dough, add a bit of flavored extract to the dough so that it won’t taste as bad. Be forewarned—this may actually taste good enough that they eat all of it.
- When finished playing, wrap dough individually in clear plastic wrap and place in air tight container so it doesn’t dry out.