Let’s make play dough!

We’ve been regularly making homemade play dough back in Singapore and Mateo has been repeatedly asking me to make it here in the Philippines as well. Finally, early last month, I agreed to embrace the mess.

He liked the idea of recording our activity on video and uploading it to our rarely updated YouTube channel and this blog. I really am not fond of editing videos so I just joined the clips together (not even a title clip for you). Photos featured here were taken separately (in Singapore, so the brands I used were different).

The first part shows how we made it, while the squishing and putting color to the dough starts around the 7:40 mark. For some reason, I actually find watching it sort of relaxing.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup water
  • drops of food coloring

Stir and mix in a pot (non-stick is better) over medium heat.

The recipe I used is mostly based on the one from Emma Owl, but more detailed tips can be found at the post by Living Well Mom. I am not yet satisfied with the recipe I used so I’ll probably tweak it next time.

Salt is supposed to reduce stickiness of the dough, but I already put in a lot of salt and still find it unsatisfactory. Mateo still had fun. It is a happy learning activity.

Learning lessons

Why do I allow Mateo make and play with play dough even if I hate am not fond of it? Mixing the dough is supposed to be easy, but look at my arms and you’ll understand why I have some difficulty doing it once it started to set. Clean up is tiring (but definitely comes with kids, even if or especially when they actually help on doing the chore).

I endure these things because of play dough’s many developmental benefits. Mixing our own play dough introduces him to measurement and following instructions. Playing itself is good for fine motor skills development. You can even incorporate some basic color lessons (blue and yellow make green, and more).

Moreover, I don’t like the smell of store bought play dough (even the branded one). So aside from the benefits above and the assurance of safe ingredients and cheaper cost for making our own, it is really a win for me and Mateo (and my nose).

Overall, a worthwhile activity. Are you ready to make your own play dough?

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