Today is National Play-Doh day and whether it has been 20 years since you’ve touched a tub of Play-Doh, or your little ones play with it every day, I shared some easy DIY Play-Doh ideas on WNCN Today #TipsonTues this morning:
o DIY Play-Doh Recipe. Don’t let the idea of making your own Play-Doh overwhelm you; it is as easy as making a box of mac & cheese, honestly.
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
½ cup salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tbsp. cream of tartar
food coloring (optional)
Simply mix all of your ingredients together in a small pot and cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until a dough forms and the mixture pulls away from the sides. Cooking time ~5-10min. Your play-doh will naturally be a pretty white color. Kneed in a few drops of food coloring to add a bit of color.
TIP: Store your Play-Doh in a airtight container to keep it fresh for months to come. If it happens to get a bit crusty just kneed it for a few minutes. Feel free to double, or even triple, the recipe if you are feeling ambitious.
All Natural Play-Doh
o Eco-Dough. If you aren’t up for making your own Play-Doh, but you do want to make you’re your little ones are playing only with non-toxic, natural ingredients, all you need is some Eco-Dough from Eco-Kids. This all natural Play-Doh was developed by two parents who were looking for a non-toxic dough for their children to play with. Eco-Dough is made in Maine and can be found online and at a number of natural toy stores in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. TIP: Eco-Dough also makes a great stocking suffer for grownups. A little all natural Play-Doh is perfect for carefree stress relief at the office.
Containing the Mess
o Cookie Sheet Fun. Many parents dread the idea of popping open a new tub of Play-Doh for fear that it will end up all over the place. One easy way to keep your Play-Doh contained is with a cookie sheet from the Dollar Store. These cookie sheets are super lightweight and allow for the Play-Doh to stick just enough to build on but not enough that cleaning isn’t still a breeze! TIP: Be sure to mark your Play-Doh cookie sheets so you don’t accidentally cook with them.