Playdough is a favourite sensory activity for many children and you can easily make your own homemade playdough recipes with a few simple ingredients! Making playdough at home is a great activity to do with kids and one that will provide them with hours of creative fun!
Playdough Activities: Things to Make & Ways To Play
Playdough sensory play ideas are limited only to your child’s imagination, with so many cool things to make with playdough. The pliable dough can be used to sculpt pretty much anything, so set your child a challenge to build a particular thing or person.
For younger children, playdough can be used to teach colours, shapes, and fine motor skills as they construct and model their soft dough. It will also help them to improve hand strength and coordination through play.
Give kids a variety of rolling pins, cookie cutters, decorative pattern scissors and stamps to manipulate the dough.
Teach letters, numbers and words by having your child create letters and numbers from the flexible dough. Playdough mats are a great way to encourage this fun learning activity.
Basic No Cook Playdough Recipe
For a very simple no-cook playdough recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Simply mix it all together thoroughly and knead until you reach the right consistency for playdough.
For loads of cool playdough recipe variations, scroll down! But first, here are some tips for keeping your homemade playdough perfect for longer:
How To Store Homemade Playdough
Just like store-purchased Play Doh and other varieties, homemade playdough should be stored in an airtight container. A plastic container with a firm sealing lid is perfect for this. Be mindful that some playdough recipes may stain containers, so avoid using your best storage containers.
You can also store playdough in ziplock bags, although it will not stay fresh as long.
How Long Does Homemade Playdough Last?
Homemade playdough will last quite a long while if stored well. You may prolong the life of it by storing in the refrigerator, however, it will typically last around 3 months or longer if stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
How To Make Playdough Soft Again
Uh oh, the kids left the playdough out too long or didn’t seal the container properly. Can you make hard playdough soft again? It is possible if it hasn’t completely dried out.
Try first by adding a few drops of water at a time to your dough and working it in until it is back to a similar consistency as it was beforehand. Or dip it into a bowl of water, then rework it until it softens and stops feeling slimy. This can be a messy job, so do it over the bowl or over a sink.
Find the best homemade playdough recipes with these fun varieties you can make with your kids for endless hours of play fun. From glitter playdough to edible playdough and every colour of the rainbow, you are sure to find plenty of inspiration from these easy to make dough recipes!
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