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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Easy DIY No Cook Play Dough

Easy DIY No Cook Play Dough

We whipped this play dough up one cold, rainy day to encourage group play and prevent cabin fever. 
I love simple and this recipe is just that.
This play dough requires basic ingredients and absolutely no cooking! I increase the fun by instructing my kids to make it while I supervise. We usually double or triple this recipe.

  1. 1 cup of flour.
  2. 1/4 cup of salt.
  3. 3/4 cup of water.
  4. 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  5. 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  6. a few drops of food coloring
  7. a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, lemon or peppermint.

Simply mix all dry ingredients together then add the wet ingredients. Roll into one big ball and separate into individual balls to add colors. Poke a hole in the center of your ball and add a few drops of food coloring and essential oil. Knead each ball until the color has mixed throughout. That is it! Store in plastic baggies or mason jars.

Cold, rainy day = play dough crafts!
Even a 13 year old loves to play with play dough. If you make it a contest you can usually get them to participate. We started out with, "Who can make the best snowman?" and everyone voted (no one can vote for themselves). Then, "Who can make the best snail?" until it morphed into tiny food sculptures. It was so fun to see the kids completely immersed in the same activity and creating together. No electronics, just their own inventive minds in overdrive. 

Everyone loved their creations so much that they asked if we could bake them like we do salt dough ornaments. We tried it and it worked! The colors lightened up a little but they generally looked the same. We baked them at 250 for about an hour.

Even my husband couldn't resist playing with the play dough. He asked where we got it and we told him we made it. "Really? This is good play dough!" My husband's approval speaks volumes to me that this is indeed "good play dough". Make it and see what fun you can create! 

Grace and peace,
Adoring Family

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