Homemade Play Dough Monsters

Apr 26, 2013

To make homemade play dough that you don't have to cook, add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons of oil to a bowl.  Then, slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water.  The cream of tartar helps to make the dough stronger and stiffer.


After some stiring, the mixture will look like this.  At this point, I let the mixture sit and cool for a couple of minutes.


I folded in another 1/2 cup of flour with my hands.  Be sure to add the flour slowly, because you may not need to use all of it.


I divided the play dough into six balls. 


I added food coloring to four of the balls of play dough and kneaded the color through.  I was very generous with the food coloring since I wanted the colors to be vibrant.  My daughter asked me to leave some play dough uncolored.  

When mixing food coloring into the play dough, be sure to wear gloves.  I learned the hard way!  My hands were completely stained.  To remove the dye, I rubbed my hands with a paste of baking soda and water.  Most of the dye came off the first time.


We also added essential oils to the play dough.  This step is optional- as is adding the food coloring.


We stored the play dough in mason jars.  


This play dough is silky smooth and rolls really well.


To make play dough monsters, we gathered some googly eyes.


We also gathered some feathers.  Sophia loves when I tickle her with feathers.


This is one of Sophia's monsters.  She said he was so sad to be a monster.  I agreed that monsters are often misunderstood!


Here are all of the monsters that my daughter created.  From expressing emotions to increasing fine motor development, playing with play dough has so many benefits.  I also love knowing that the ingredients are completely non-toxic.


At the end of her play, Sophia mixed all of the colors together.  After I patiently picked out the googly eyes and feathers, we had this lovely marbled play dough left over.  


I wonder what she will create tomorrow... 


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