This summer, I hope to post one frugal idea a week for preschool summer fun.
And what child doesn’t love Play Doh? Hours of fun, indeed.
It’s already blazes hot where we live, so I’m searching my creative mind for some indoor fun. In the meantime, Play Doh is a favorite standby. My daughter asks for it several times a week.
It’s so much better to make your own than to buy it. It’s cheaper, it doesn’t smell funny, and more than likely, you won’t bring petroleum distillate into your home. In fact, the super-easy recipe I make all the time has just a few ingredients you probably already have.
Photo by Beckett Gladney
Homemade Play Doh
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- a few drops of food coloring
Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over a very low heat until it turns into a dough (it’ll take just a few minutes). Knead the dough on a floured surface until cool enough for kids to touch. Separate the dough into as many colors as you want to make. Put just a few drops of coloring in each ball and knead until evenly mixed.
I store the dough in a fridge in an extra jar I have lying around. This way, it usually lasts for months!
To add some texture to the dough, try a few tablespoons of coffee grounds or rolled oats. Some kids love this, some are weirded out.
Hours of rainy day or summer fun, for (nearly) free. It works for me.