How to make our own playdough using ingredients you probably have at home!

Want to find ways to get your kids to be more creative, but can’t seem to get your hands on any art materials right now? We have the perfect solution!

Making your own play dough is a fun and easy way to keep your kids entertained for hours! Make shapes, little play dough people or even play dough ‘meals’ with this super safe all natural dough.

Using ingredients you can find in your cupboard, it’s quick and easy to whip up but will keep them playing and creating for hours! No need for any cooking or chemicals – just mix and knead and it’s good to go!

girl in blue and red long sleeve shirt holding white and pink plastic toy

You’ll need…

1 cup of cold water

1 cup of salt

2tsp of vegetable oil

3 cups of flour

2tbsp of cornflour

Food colouring of your choice

In a large bowl, pour in all your dry ingredients. That’s your salt, flour and cornflour.

Slowly add in your water, stirring as you go to mix it into a firm dough.

Once all the water is poured, it should be thick and easy to pick up. If it’s more gooey than thick, add in more flour.

Section out your dough, making as may different sections as you have food dyes.

Add a few drops of food colouring into the dough and begin to knead it with your hands to dye the dough. Do this for each section with a different food dye.

Now add in your vegetable oil, working it through the mixture to coat each section.

And viola! Ready-made play dough, that’s good to go whenever they are! Pack it away in an airtight container when you’re finished with it to keep it for next time!

If you’re feeling creative when making your play dough, add in some glitter for some sparkle! Pro tip: A great way to make shapes with play dough is to grab the cookie cutters – or they can just make their own! Enjoy!

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Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.

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