We just love making play dough for use in our sessions. It is great texture play, helps concentration and imaginative play, it is amazing for fine finger control and bilateral co-ordination and the toddlers in our sessions just love it. We have made a lot of dough over the years and this recipe is definitely our favourite!
Play dough ingredients
1 cup of flour
half a cup of salt
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
half a cup of boiling water
To make the play dough
Add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and add the tablespoon of vegetable oil. With a metal spoon stir the mixture and add the boiling water into the mixture in stages. The mixture quickly forms into a dough and you may not need all of the water so adding gradually is helpful. As soon as the mixture forms, take it out of the bowl and kneed it for a couple of minutes, be careful of the temperature of the dough from the boiling water. The dough quickly becomes smooth and stretchy and it is amazingly tactile. The ingredients can be doubled up to make a larger batch of dough. I use these smaller batches to make several colours of dough,.
Store the dough in the fridge in an airtight container or bag and it’ll last for several weeks. Do check the condition of the dough before offering it to your child.
Have lots of fun with the play dough and as always ensure that your little one is in arms reach and eye sight while playing.