Kids enjoy play dough, there is no doubt about that! But have you ever wondered what is in store bought play dough? Surfactant, hardener, and a retrogradation inhibitor are just a few ingredients are in store-bought that I personally have no idea what they are. Having a two year old, I know that everything we play with he thinks he can eat! If I can avoid those added ingredients I do! I never thought that I would be able to make my own play dough but doing a little research came to show me that it’s a quick process.
Did you know that play dough is a great way to teach children many different skills? ‘Alice Sanders is the Regional Supervisor at Tulare County Office of Education child care. She explains that toys such as, playdough and blocks, can be used to enhance learning. Young children learn best by essentially playing with these items. “Because children really need hands on experience. They need to be able to feel and touch. By doing that, they’re problem solving. It’s trial and error. No one item is just a mistake. They’re learning from those areas.” ‘
1 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
- Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
- Remove from heat and add flour.
- Stir, then knead until smooth.
- The dough turned out very runny so I had to add almost 2 additional cups of flour to thicken it up.
- Cream of tartar may be a bit pricey for some but make sure to add it to your recipe, it makes the dough last 6 months or longer! Visit your local health food store where you may be able to by a couple of tablespoons of cream of tartar for pennies!
- Try subbing out the food coloring for kool aid packets, its less of a mess! Try adding glitter to your dough as well, the kids will love it!
- Refrigerate the play dough for about 15 mins after making, this will harden the dough and make it easier to play with.
Have you ever tried to make your own play dough? Let us know below how your results turned out!
Recipe adapted: http://fun.familyeducation.com/sculpting/recipes/37040.html