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Home made Play doh (and what not to do)

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Over the coming weeks I want to share with you some activity ideas that we are trying as a family. These are ideas that we do instead of screen time, but you can do them whenever of course!


Last week we made Play-Doh at home for the first time. I had heard from fellow parents that this is something that is really easy to do and that the kids love it. So, we found a super simple recipe (se below) and gave it a go. It was indeed very easy; we even had all ingredients in the house.


How to make the Play-Doh:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together, plus the oil

  • Bring the water to the boil

  • Add food colouring into the water (this is important, as I found out!)

  • Mix the (coloured) water with all your other ingredients

  • Knead the mixture for 2 - 3 minutes (the kids enjoyed this bit particularly)


The children absolutely loved making the Play-Doh - they enjoyed the measuring and pouring and kneading - we even made two batches with the idea of making different colours for them to mix and match. The consistency was great too - not too sticky, and lovely and springy, which made rolling and handling the Play-Doh great fun.


Both Isla and Rupert sat at the kitchen table for a good 40 minutes making their different creations, and using cookie cutters to create different shapes. And then we made lots of long 'rolls' together than we turned into 'Snails' - a huge favourite, that gave them lots of giggles.


However, we also learnt a few things along the way (!):
  1. Plain play doh is fine as it is without the colouring

  2. Make sure you bring the water to the boil and add the food colouring to the water first

  3. Only when the water is coloured (if you are going to use colouring) add it to the dry ingredients

  4. Home-made Play Doh doesn't last particularly long (at least not ours)

  5. Red food colouring (at least the one we used) turns more of a brown rather than red; and blue food colouring fades quite quickly back to a grey-ish colour rather than a bright blue (but again it might have been the colouring we used)



We stored our Play-Doh in a Tupperware box, but after only a few days the food colouring started to 'leak' out of the doh and it became slimy... the shapes we left the doh in when we originally stored it, didn't help, but when I came to get the Play-Doh out for the kids a few days later it looked pretty horrid... needless to say, I will follow the recipe to a T next time ;-)


What Play-Doh recipes do you use? And do you have the same issues? I'd love to hear from you - comment below, or on my Instagram and FB pages at Mummy.Made.This, or send me an email at anika@mummymadethis.co.uk.



If you missed the video I did on this episode of Play-Doh, you can watch it here.


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JULY 2023 UPDATE: OUR MONDAY NIGHT CONVERSATIONS HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY OUR TIP TUESDAY REELS. TIP TUESDAY, ALONG WITH ALL OLD MONDAY NIGHT CONVERSATION VIDEOS CAN BE FOUND ON OUR YOU TUBE CHANNEL HERE:


Playlist for Monday night conversations:


Playlist for Tip Tuesday conversations:


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I hope you join us next week, for our FB and YouTube Monday Evening Conversation videos from 8pm on Monday - this time we will be making Snow Globes. ;-)








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