My toddlers loves play dough just as much as any other kid. I often hear moms say that their kids love play dough too, but they don’t allow it because it’s messy. Well, here is my opinion on that: it keeps my toddler still and busy longer than anything else. It is worth the mess!
What I do is let her play with it, but whatever is on the floor in small pieces afterwards gets swept up and thrown away. Needless to say we go through it pretty fast. So finally, I found a way to make it cheaper than buying it.
Now there is tons of homemade play dough recipes circling Pinterest, but I’ve found that it works better for us to make it in smaller batches. When I have made it in larger quantities, it usually molds before it’s used even in an airtight container. With Allie’s intolerance to molds and fungi, we have to watch stuff like that. By making it in smaller increments, it’s usually dried up or trashed before molding.
Here is the recipe we use, but with an added fall twist:
- half cup of all purpose flour
- 2 TBSP of Salt
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 2 tsp of cream of tarter
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp oil
- splash of vanilla
- Food Coloring (30 drops yellow, 10 drops red–color will get darker as it cooks)
Add all ingredients to a pot over medium heat. Continuously stir until you reach a play dough consistency. Turn out on wax paper to cool. Once cool knead dough.
You’re now left with play dough that looks and smells like pumpkin pie!