Hannah is back with a great activity to do with the kids using homemade play dough. Making your own play dough is surprisingly easy and this recipe lasts longer than the shop bought stuff which usually dries out after a couple of uses. Hannah has included her go to traditional recipe, however, lockdown being lockdown, she found she had to improvise with the ingredients for this batch…
As much as I love the kids fairy gardens, I found that two bowls of soil in the house is a fool proof way to drive me completely mad! I assembled all the pieces from the fairy garden, discarded the soil and grass and added a few extra bits like like shells and mermaids.
I planned to make play dough using my classic ‘go to’ recipe but I didn’t have all the ingredients namely flour or cream of tartar……….
I do however have tonnes of corn flour and found a recipe which used corn flour and conditioner. I seem to have accumulated loads of random conditioner bottles around the house where people, mentioning no names (my husband), always starts a new bottle before finishing an old one.
The Conditioner Method:
- Mix one part conditioner with one part corn flour
- It will begin to look like batter/buttercream to start with keep mixing
- Gradually keep adding corn starch until it gets to a dough like consistency that you can handle without leaving any residue
- At the handling stage add a few drops of gel food colouring and fold into the dough
TOP TIP: I actually added cinnamon to the yellow to make it look like sand
You can make whatever colour combinations that you want and make however many dough balls you’d like. This recipe should last at least six months and is best kept in the fridge when not being used.
My 4 year old typically decided to mix all of her colours together immediately but it still gives a really nice affect and she was very happy with it.
You can then assemble and make whatever you want…
The fairy garden bowls are absolutely perfect for containing the mess and if you’ve got more than 1 child, each having their own spaces to create can save a lot of arguments!
Thanks again to Hannah for sharing another great lock down activity in our ever expanding encyclopedia of ‘how to entertain the kids’. The great thing about this particular activity is that the kids can have a great time making the dough as well as playing with the end result!
I have included Hannah’s usual recipe at the end of this piece if you would like to make her traditional play dough – otherwise have fun mixing and matching with whatever you have at home!