Homemade Play-Dough

Play dough is great stuff for kids, but it can get really costly really quick if you need enough for a class of 20. Colors mix and look yucky, small pots and lids get lost, stuff dries out,…

We always make our own, usually a huge batch of just one color. That way we don’t end up with a gray/brown lump once the kids have mixed it all. And everything is kept in a gallon bucket with a lid, so clean-up is easy peasy.

And that homemade stuff smells really nice.

Today was the day of making new play dough. We did a quadruple batch, which is enough to have about 8 kids playing simultaneously. I made it with two of the older kids this morning and we had a lot of impatient customers waiting for the stuff.

They grabbed a seat and tore into it before the play dough was even completely cooled. Always a crowd pleaser 🙂

For 1 batch you need:

  • 150g all purpose or cake flour
  • 150g fine salt
  • 1 pck instant jello (for a pint of water)
  • 1 sachet stabilizer for whipping cream (heat modified cornstarch) which equals 2.5 Tbsp instant clear jel
  • 200g boiling water
  • about 1 tsp powdered food coloring or a few drops of liquid (optional – if you leave it out, the play dough ends up very pale)
  • 20g oil
  • 1 Tbsp glitter (optional)

Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the oil and boiling water. Mix everything. A danish dough whisk is great for this step if you don’t have a mixer.

Once the play dough has cooled enough to be handled, knead it until it’s completely smooth. If it’s too dry, add a little bit of oil. If it’s too wet, add a little bit of flour.

Then, get playing!

Red raspberry jello + blue food coloring = purple play dough
(we added some silver and blue glitter)

Salami pizza, sausage pinwheels, all kinds of breads and a big log of cookie dough. That kid’s getting ready for the lunch rush…

The play dough keeps in an airtight container for several weeks. Our last batch lasted nearly 3 months.

2 responses to “Homemade Play-Dough”

  1. That’s so great! I made my share of play dough when the kids were little, fun times. Adding glitter is a fun idea. For your US readers, 1 sachet stabilizer for whipping cream (heat modified cornstarch) = 2 1/2 tsp Instant Clear Jel (not the kind used for canning, which is not instant). If you have the type used for canning, then adding all the ingredients to the pan on the stove and cooking it a bit while stirring constantly for 1 min might work.

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