“Play is the work of the child” Dr. Montessori
I had a phone meeting this morning so I made playdough to keep my toddler entertained because, in toddlers world, mom on the phone translates to “I can get on the phone with her or I can destroy everything in a short amount of time”
Play doughs are one of the best play materials to engage and excite kids of all ages. It’s a great sensory and fine motor item that’s easy to make, especially for someone like me who is not good at DIYs. I prefer to make it at home using ingredients we already have in the pantry because it’s affordable and free of harmful chemicals.
Since I had a limited amount of time, I added cinnamon to one dough and kept the other one plain. It took me about 15 minutes. It was cooled off by the time he woke up.
He played independently with me sitting at the table in front of him.
Here is my Mom win playdough recipe.
Homemade Playdough Recipe
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
1/2-1 cup of water
Optional: food coloring/ spices like Tumeric/ beet powder/ Matcha/ essential oils
Mix all the ingredients in a pot and put over medium heat.
Stir consistently until the dough starts to form. After a few minutes of stirring, turn off the heat, but keep stirring until you can form a dough.
Remove from the pot, allow the dough to cool off.
Add essential oil or food Extract once the dough is completely cooled. This is completely optional.
Knead the dough and voilà! It’s Ready.
Tips: To make this recipe Toddler friendly, use boiling water instead of cooking the dough on the stove.