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Make play dough at home

Filed Under: kids, art, Crafts

playdoughPlay dough is one of those things that parents and kids can sit down together and waste a whole chunk of time just playing around. You are the architect of whatever creation you've got planned for that little chunk of dough. Store bough play dough dries out pretty fast and has that disgusting smell. You know the smell, some of you probably like it because you immediately associate it with the fun of play dough. Still, the homemade stuff lasts way longer and gives you a lot more flexibility with color and fragrance.

Instructables posted this homemade play dough recipe. It's the same one that I've used many times and it works well. I've left out the cream of tar tar a few times and it does decrease the elasticity, so I'd recommend having some on hand.

The great thing about this recipe is that if the play dough starts to dry out you can knead in a bit of water and it's like new again.

I also like to use a package of Kool-Aid to color the dough. This gives it a great fragrance along with a bright color. It might be a bit tempting for the little ones to eat if their play dough smells like grape Kool-Aid. You might want to add a little extra salt so the taste isn't at all appealing. We've also added sparkles which looked very cool, but were a bit messier than expected, so I'd avoid doing that again.

Do you have any personal tips for making great play dough at home?


  • Nicholas Gray

    I remember doing this when I was a kid. It was the best thing ever except that over time mold could set in if it was not properly stored.

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