This no cook playdough recipe is extremely simple and results into a great quality product. Not to mention Alya’s excitement of mixing different ingredients, adding food colors and ending up with a toy! The dough itself is very pleasant to work with, and the best part is that it doesn’t dry fast. So no fuss about forgetting to cover it after done playing – happens at our house all the time. Win win for sure!

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 table spoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • gel food colors
  • 2 cups boiling water

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

 Make a well in the centre, add the oil and boiling water. Mix till all incorporated. Let it cool a bit and knit on the counter top. Divide into as many pieces as your available food colors. We decided 6 was a good bet.   Add few drops of a color to each piece. Knit till all mixed and you are satisfied with the color. If the color is too lights, add another drop of the food coloring. 

Start playing! Don’t forget to store the dough in airtight containers or ziplock bag for the next session of fun.

P.S. Alya mixed bits of different dough and came up with beautiful shades and tones. She also made pretend cookies and let them dry, which took about 2-3 days, way longer than the regular store bought dough would behave.

Zeyna also tried touching the dough but wasn’t so sure about it. I guess it’s still a good introduction for the  1 year old, especially that I know that the product is totally safe for her.

Source: Recipe from the book “The Artful Parent” by Jean Van’t Hul

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