There are a few reasons that I prefer to make home made play dough for the girls. First, it crumbles less than traditional play doh, and second, it’s easy and takes only a few minutes to create. Half the fun of soft, glittery play dough is the process of making it yourself. Together, we measure out the ingredients, working together to first gather them from the pantry, dumping them all into the pot and watching (from a safe distance) the play dough coming together as I stir it and it forms into a ball and makes the magical transformation. Plus, it takes longer to dry out and you can store it for up to eight weeks in Ziploc bags.
Easy Soft Play Doh
1 cups water
1 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tbs oil
2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 package Koolaid
Mix everything together in a bowl. Transfer to preheated pan on the stove (medium heat)When it’s smooth, heat in a large pan over medium heat until the mixture comes together in a ball. Make sure that you’re constantly mixing and scraping the sides with a spatula to ensure that it’s going to come together evenly, without cooking.
When it has come together in a ball, split into two or three (depending on the amount of colors you want to create) and let cool for a couple of minutes. Knead to further distribute the color, and add glitter to the dough.
Shortcut: Use the dough hook attachment to finish the final kneading, but the kids are usually willing to do this once the dough has cooled down.
Once you’ve finished, add in a healthy dose of glitter into the mixture or if you’re in the mood for some messy play, coat the play area or surface with glitter and let the kids work the glitter into the dough themselves. You know, only if you feel like vacuuming up glitter for the next three weeks.