Homemade Natural Play Dough

Homemade Natural Play Dough

There's nothing better than being able to take an hour out of your day to create a homemade product for your kiddo that actually works. As a family, we love to encourage creativity. With Tad, this doesn't always come easily in the form of your standard toddler craft projects such as painting, coloring, or cutting and pasting things together. With a short attention span and a busy attitude, I have a little boy who can only sit still with a box of crayons for about 10 minutes at most. We learned that he does much better with play dough, which is something that is thankfully pretty easy and cheap to make! I love being able to make things like that at home so that I know exactly what is going into it (especially if said play dough ends up in said toddler's mouth!). Plus I get to make some pretty, muted colors that can be kind of fun. Tad doesn't really mind which color they are either way, he just likes rolling out snakes and balls right now. 

Ingredients + Recipe |

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1-3 tbsp herbs of choice
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk all ingredients together. You will have to make each **color individually, which is the most time consuming part, though it's not that terrible. The aftermath of mixing the play dough is easy to clean out. You will want to mix in your herbs on tablespoon at a time and adjust accordingly to how deep you want the final color to be. You will want to use only ground or powdered herbs! **See below for colors
  2. Heat the pan over medium/low heat and carefully stir the mixture with a rubber spatula. It will begin to clump up and stick to the sides of the saucepan. Make sure you stir consistently while you work to prevent sticking. Remove from heat once the mixture has formed into a ball. 
  3. Place the dough on some wax paper or a silicone mat and let rest until cool enough to handle with your hands. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. 

**For the different colors, I used various ground herbs such as thyme, sage, paprika, turmeric, cocoa powder, mustard, and cinnamon.

How easy is that? With the pain that can be making multiple colors, it could be a project that you work on over a couple of days if you really wanted. The play dough should be stored in either a plastic bag or a container with an airtight seal - much like the play dough at the store! It will keep for several months, so no need to worry about tossing it out often. Our homemade play dough lasted a really long time before I decided to toss it and start over again. Not a big deal at all! Enjoy and happy making!

xoxo Kayla


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