I love play dough! I guess I can call it my best classroom friend, because it is so versatile. I use it to practice letters, numbers, construction skills, to improve fine-motor skills and even to calm my kids down. It helps to re-focus, settle, calm …and boost creativity! My boys and girls in my preschool class love it as much as I do.
There are so many play dough recipes out there, but actually I always prefer the non-cooking recipes with simple household ingredients that I can whip up in a whiz … (you know, report cards are always waiting *hmpf*).
Usually my play dough never turns out to be exactly like the previous one, because I just add ingredients as I mix. However, if I have a little bit more time, I try to do it more “recipe-like”.
Here is my favorite recipe, today with a purplicious (= everything is purple) twist.
(This amount is enough for 1-2 kids, double quantities for a bigger batch of play dough.)
- 1 1/3 cup of flour
- 1 cup of corn starch / corn flour
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 cup of water
- extras: purple glitter, purple powder paint OR purple (red & blue) food colouring
And then you mix:
- Mix 1 cup flour, the cornstarch, and the salt in a bowl …mix, mix. (Keep the extra 1/3 cup of flour aside to use later.)
- Add a little water, mix. Add more water, mix. Add the rest of the water, mix.
- Knead, knead, knead – until you get a really smooth dough. Probably your dough will be sticky, so add the rest of the flour and knead (keep kneading, even if you dough looks too dry now)
A glittery note:
The basic recipe is edible and non-toxic. It is non-toxic and edible as long as you don’t use normal glitter, paint powder to color or other extra ingredients. To add glitter and keep it edible, use edible glitter that is used for baking, but keep in mind that edible glitter is usually made from sugar, so it might dissolve after a while.
To give it a purpalicious twist:
- Add color. I always prefer dry non-toxic powder paint to color my play dough – it is easier to mix new colors with it than with liquid food coloring. You can add the dry powder paint to the dry flour or add it afterwards. If you use food coloring (red+blue makes purple), add the coloring to the water to prevent stains and colored hands or knead it into the dough afterwards (better in a glas or plastic bowl and not on a wooden surface, because initially it might leave stains!)
- Add glitter :)!
How to keep the play dough:
Keep the play dough in the fridge. I usually keep the play dough for a week or two, but it can stay for weeks (unless you add sugar glitter!). If I made too much play dough, I just freeze some and have it ready whenever I need it.