Do you make your own play-dough? I do.... but not so I can show off to my mummy friends. I do it because I have weird play-dough psychology. If I buy it, every little bit must be put back in it's airtight container after use, nothing is to be left out! When the play-dough is homemade I am totally laid back about it. You want to keep your play-dough stars out to go dry and crusty – sure. You want to leave some in the garden to get wet and slimy – go for it. You want to paint it and get biscuit crumbs in it – no worries.
It does help that I have found a great no-cook recipe from the Imagination Tree. From experience I always use table salt (rather than cooking salt) to ensure a smooth texture and I also add the food colouring to the hot water.
Here are two projects where our homemade play-dough never made it's way back into the tub.
A little garden...
We created a little garden world from a plastic takeaway sushi box that came with decorative plastic grass. Cakey filled the container with pink play-dough, she added mini paddle pop sticks and stuck flower stickers to some of them. We made a little swing from sticks, a straw, paper clips and sticky tape. Experimenting Mom has made a much better swing using an egg carton for a seat. Cakey loved her little garden, she did not want to pack it up. She kept it on display in her room until the play-dough got really crusty.
A little beach...
This was inspired by a lovely under the sea play-dough scene from Nurturestore. Following a trip to the beach, Cakey wanted to make something beachy but we had no sand or yellow play-dough. Our solution was to paint our blue and purple play-dough yellow and cover the whole lot in glitter!
|We made beach umbrellas from patty pans and straws|
|The pegs are people on their towels|
The Imagination Tree has recently updated their brilliant no cook recipe that I use, I haven't had a chance to try it yet. Another recipe I am keen to try is Just for Daisy's microwave play-dough.
Do you have a great play-dough recipe?
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