The last time I made homemade playdough for Zahra is in end 2011 and it is like more than a year ago. Zahra is quite small back then where she doesn't really fancy play dough so I stop making new one. Now that she is 3yo, she started to show interest in play dough where she keep on playing the same youtube video (some little kids playing playdough) over and over and occasionally ask me to buy her one, "Mommy..nanti mommy beli playdough macam ni ok?" while pointing to the video. I wanted to make homemade version like I did last time but time goes by and I was very busy, so I bought her a real one, the cupcake maker, like this:-
And she loveessss it so much! She forgets about her iPad for a few days, and busy rolling the dough, which is a good change.
However, the dough provided is in very small portion and they smell weird. Not that bad smell like plasticine I used to play with in my school days, but not that pleasant too. Dia tak busuk tau, dia wangi, tapi mcm pelik. After a while, the 4 tubs of dough get mixed up and then I dragged myself to make homemade play dough.
This time I tried new recipe which I love to the max! The texture is better and surprisingly is very easy to make, maybe because I'm a year older now and know how to control the pots and pans better, lol.
I let Zahra involved in every process and she enjoyed it very much since she also loves to play kitchen and cooking too. Every time I let her pour the flour/water/oil/etc, she will say
"put one cup of flaaawerrrr, put one cup of waterrr, put one spooon tar-tar"
Just like the cooking show. So stinkin' cute!
So basically this is how you do it:
Mix everything in a pot and stir. In my case, I let her do all the hardwork ;)
Continue to stir on a very small fire. The tips here is, very-very-very-small fire. It will help you to cook and control the dough better.
Until it becomes a dough like or so.
Then knead it to smooth. The dough is hot at this point, so you have to do it, unless your kids are pain tolerate.
Ta-dah! We made 3 vibrant colors and Zahra happily declared the pink one is hers, the blue one is Emir's and yellow one is daddy's ;)
It's so easy and the most important thing is 100% non-toxic. It's so safe that to a point I don't mind they licking it, which she did, when she made an icecream and said "mommmy! Icecream ni masin!". Of course it's salty, it has 1/4cup of salt! Haha
We tested with original parts of Playdoh and it works swiftly. In fact I love this homemade version more because it's smoother (due to the oil). It's oilier than the original playdoh but I'm fine with it.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
2 tsp of cream of tartar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup of water
A few dash of food coloring
Stir everything well, cook under very small fire, knead to dough, and enjoy!
I had this expired virgin coconut oil and decided to use that instead of normal vegetable oil and it smells heavenly that I feel like eating my dough. Yum!
Try it out with your kids! It's really easy and fun.