This afternoon was rainy and wet so we were indoors. This was a good opportunity to try out a post I pinned recently on a glittery homemade play dough.
The ingredients are mostly available from the kitchen cupboard and the craft cupboard, listed below:
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1/2 cup fine table salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil
- 1,5 cups of boiling water
- An assortment of food colouring and matching colour glitter
Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a large mixing bowl, then slowly add the oil and rub the dry ingredients and the oil together using your finger tips and palms.
Add half of the just boiled water to the dry ingredients/oil mixture and mix with a wooden spoon till it becomes a very sticky paste. Add the rest of the water and continue to mix with the wooden spoon. You’ll notice the dough starts to form a more solid texture, lumping around the wooden spoon, at this point empty the dough out onto a clean surface and let it cool for a minute. When still warm, work the dough with your hands kneading it until the texture looks and feels like store bought play dough.
Split the dough into 5 sections and roll each one into a ball. Take one ball and roll it flat then add in a 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) of liquid food colouring and 1 teaspoon of the same colour glitter to the middle. Work the food colouring and glitter into the dough using your hands until it’s an even colour all through. Repeat this with the remaining balls using different colour food colouring and glitter. I left one ball white just adding sliver glitter.
Part of the fun was getting my little one to do all the mixing and prep, and after the dough was made, she had even more fun rolling and cutting shapes with cookie cutters and adding accessories like buttons, beads, and googly eyes to the cut out shapes.
The original pin was from this link below, Happy Hooligans, who did a Christmas play dough activity tray post, http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-play-dough-activity. I did get the play dough recipe from The Imagination Tree, http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html, where it really did take around 4 minutes to make the play dough.
Anna from The Imagination Tree says this play dough can last up to 6 month in an airtight container, in more humid climates it may need to be kept in the fridge or out of direct sunlight. We have yet to see how long our’s will last, but this one use was well worth it for a full afternoon of indoor fun.