Playdough – is there more fun a child can have!! You can make plain uncooked play dough, you can make edible playdough, scented play dough, coloured playdough, sand dough…. the list of possibilities is endless!
We’ve compiled this list of playdough ideas and recipes to help you get started on your playdough journey. Be creative, create your own, and share it with us!!
Playdough is suitable for children aged about 18 months and above. Any younger than that and it poses a choking hazard. If you make your own playdough from a playdough recipe, it’s ok if your child eats a bit here and there. All of the ingredients are edible. Most children won’t like it on account of the VERY salty taste.
Do you have a favourite playdough recipe? Please share it with us!! We LOVE new ideas!
Christmas decorations – using Christmas Playdough
- Make up a batch of Christmas Playdough,
- roll it out, create shapes using cookie cutters.
- Poke a hole in the top of each shape with a pencil
- Bake for about 15 minutes at 300F (150C) (Gas mark 1) until they’re firm.
- Remove from the oven, and allow to cool
- Thread a ribbon through the hole
Adding Sensory Fun to Playdough
You can turn your playdough into a full blown sensory experience by adding some or all (if you’re game) of the following:
- Sand (coloured is cool)
- a few drops of essential oils (1 drop per 2 cups of playdough is enough, and stick to lavender, mandarin, tea tree and orange oil for safety)
- Vanilla Essence – add a teaspoonful when you’re kneading the playdough
- Peppermint essence- be warned, it makes the dough smell very edible!! (It is, but it doesn’t taste any good)
- Koolaid or Jelly Crystals to the cooked playdough version will colour it (Or Raro in Australia)
- Rice – plain, or you can colour it.
- Create a playdough diorama, think dinosaurs, under the sea, whatever theme you like
- Garlic presses make fantastic playdough hair
- Playdough Stamps: use your playdough to stamp paint onto paintings. It makes fantastic patterns. Simply dollop your paint onto a sponge, and stamp your dough in it, then stamp your paper!
- Playdough paperweights – create a beautifully coloured blob, bake, varnish, glitter, voila paperweight!
- Add bits to it such as drinking straws, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks to make playdough constructions.