Play dough is one of our favourite indoor activity which allows C to learn through play. After trying a couple of recipes, we proudly announce that we found our favourite modified from from mamapapabubba’s! What I really enjoy about this recipe is that it is taste safe (meaning I wouldn’t be worried of C had accidentally eaten some of it), no cook and both C and I can make it together (since she was 19mo).
To make a No Cook (Scented) Play Dough, you will need:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup of boiling water
- Food colouring (we use Wilton’s)
- Few drops of flavouring/essential oil
- Place all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add the oil and flavouring into the boiling water. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Mix the mixture with a wooden spoon.
- The dough may seem too sticky. Refrain from adding more flour and leave it to cool.
- Knead the dough really well after till it is fully cooled, smooth and soft.
- To colour the dough, pick up the colouring with a toothpick, apply on the dough and knead it in. Start with a small amount because you can add more to intensify but you can’t take colour away from the dough.
- To scent the dough, knead in the flavouring/essential oil together with the colour
This was us when C was abit 19mo, her first time making a dough, for her friend. I laid out the utensils and ingredients on the table as an invitation to play. Then I got C to assist me in the process. Her words of the day were ‘pour’, ‘stir’ and ‘knead’ as she kept repeating them after I gave her some instructions.
I really need to get a set of measuring cups so that C can measure out the ingredients by herself. I’m currently using a measuring jug which is too huge for C to manage, so she is helping me to pour the flour out from the jug. *i have already gotten one set since then!
She loves this step of adding salt to the flour. I don’t think her measurements are exact. In fact I have some with more salt than others. So I roughly estimate how much more is needed from whatever she managed to scoop out.
It is important to give the dry ingredients a good mix. C enjoyed this very much.
I also allowed her to touch the hot dough so she knows what is hot.
Kneading the dough to give it a good mix!