When Shloka was about 7 months old, we started to really focus on 'playing and learning'. I always loved the idea of play-dough and couldn't wait to introduce her to it. As is the case with most new moms, I wanted to make it at home, baby safe - just incase she put it in her mouth as did most things back then, and even now...
Here's a simple recipe with things you will easily find at home and I promise you that it is worth the 5 minutes you will spend whipping this up.
Remember you can and must add scents in because they make for great sensorial play for babies. You can use candy or mithai fragrances available online or spices like nutmeg or cinnamon. We recently used it to make a gingerbread man...
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 3/4 cup of water
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Food Colouring - Use Sprigs or Wilton from Amazon,.
- Any seasonings or scents you would like
We store them in super airtight containers and refrigerate but make a new batch every few days.
Making the Play Dough:
- Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove).
- Add food colouring, food liquid scents or KOOL AID to the water mixture.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using.
- After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. I use a wooden cooking spoon.
- Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesn’t seem sticky anymore. However, don’t cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down.
- Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.
It takes just about 5 minutes to make it.
We use cookie cutters or these super fun stamps to play with playdough and add another sensorial element.
Disclaimer - Kids under 3 years should not be left unsupervised, one must be careful of introducing materials that can be choking hazards,