Home made play dough

I’m always on the lookout for great rainy day ideas or any kinds of activities that you can do when you need to stay at home. I live in Wales so it rains A LOT. Here I am going to show you one of our favourite activities -home made play dough.

Home made play dough is a great activity for most ages. There are a few methods I have seen used but we do the really easy basic no cook recipe. It is safe and non toxic so it was suitable to let my 1 year old have a play too.

You will need:

  • 8 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 60ml water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Food colouring (optional)


Add the flour and salt into a bowl and mix

In a separate container mix the water, oil and food colouring

Now add the water and oil mixture into the flour and salt mixture and work it through with a spoon

When most of it is bound together you can get your hands in to work it through

Our mixture was a little on the dry side so we added a little more water and oil mixture. If you’re dough is on the wet side you can add a little more flour until you get the right consistency

Knead the dough well. You will know when it is right as it will feel just like play dough. Now you can add more food colouring at this point if you want but remember it may make the dough a bit more sticky so you may need to add some more flour.

And voila there you have it. Home made play dough. Cheap and easy. It’s a great activity for my 6 year old as he can basically manage it on his own, under supervision, after I measured out the ingredients. The baby was not that impressed by it though.

(Yes I know I need to bleach my highchair straps back to white!) He basically decided it wasn’t tasty food and he threw it to the dog!

We didn’t add much food colouring this time but it can stain your hands if you use a lot (at least ours did previously). Now you are all set to make whatever creations you want. When you are done it can be stored in a tub or a freezer bag and placed in the fridge. If it becomes a bit stiff you can always add a bit more water and work it through the dough.

What we did last time we made shapes from the dough was we baked it in the oven. It was on gas mark 4 and for about 45mins although it will depend on oven and size of shape. When they are hard you can paint them. We haven’t painted ours yet

Hope you found this fun activity useful. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to try out any other activities.

Love and peace xx

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Published by th3secretlifeofme

CRUNCHY ON THE OUTSIDE, SOFT ON THE INSIDE. That probably sums me up perfectly. I haven't written an about me since I joined a dating site in 2009. That wasn't my header for that site by the way! Anyway, that was a lifetime ago in another world (thankfully). But I still feel tongue-tied (type-tied?) as to what to put in this section. I would love it to flow and sound like I am some kind of pro, I have even googled what makes a good about me but in all honesty I am just a mum trying to write about my life to help me make sense of it all. I am a mum to 4 fabulous children. I gave birth to 2 of them and a bonus 2 ❤️. The Gamer is 16, the Princess is 12, the Minion is 6 and the Munchkin is almost 1. Things i write about are things that inspire me, some things will hopefully be funny, I will also write about my journey through post-natal depression with anxiety and what has helped me. I hope you enjoy my blog. I am one of Mybump2babys favourite bloggers

3 thoughts on “Home made play dough

  1. I love homemade play dough. I’m a teacher so it’s a regular activity! I’ve done a mini blog on mum hacks and would like to do a full mum hack post with guest contributions. I would love to add a link to this and it would help your DA too, if you fancy adding mine back for a similar home made item to the bottom of your post? No worries if not. Let me know x


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