Make Enough Play Doh for a Year!

Don’t limit your child’s imagination with small quantities of play doh, make enough clay for a year! This simple recipe can be made by a child (with a parent’s help). Home made play doh makes  a great, cheap kid gift. You can even bake the clay to preserve your child’s art forever.

Release their creativity energy – let him make the castle, huge TRex, space station, and jungle of his dreams! This is a great rainy weekend project for the whole family to participate in together. This recipe is cheap and easy.


Ingredients for home made play doh:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 8 tbsp vegetable oil
  • food coloring (all colors)
  • water (about 2 cups)
  1. Use a very large plan to mix this recipe together.
  2. Have your child mix the flour & salt together.
  3. Have your child stir in the vegetable oil and enough water (about 2 cups) to get the right consistency.
  4. If clay is too wet, add more flour. Too dry, add more water.
  5. Divide clay into chunks and color each with food coloring – a few drops go a long way.

Give home made play doh as a gift

It is appropriate to give home made clay as a gift anytime. Think outside the birthday box, this cheap gift is great to give the host of a play date, the big brother or sister during a baby shower, at holiday and family gatherings, or to any special kid in your life.

  1. Store in Ziplock rectangle storage containers.
  2. Add a pretty ribbon to tie the containers together.
  3. Print recipe on card stock and attach to ribbon.

Preserve your kid’s play doh creation

Put your child’s favorite clay creation on permanent display. playdoughcreation

  1. Transfer creation to cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  2. Bake sculpture at 225 degrees until it hardens. For large sculptures, turn over every 15 minutes so the bottom can bake.

Or for small sculptures, use the microwave:

  1. Transfer creation to paper plate.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Check every 30 seconds until it hardens.
  4. Microwave may cause items to be a bit puffed up.

Or, the absolute BEST way to preserve a play doh creation, is to take a photo of it.  Train your children early that taking a photo of something is a great way to save memories, but also to keep clean and live clutter free!

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3 thoughts on “Make Enough Play Doh for a Year!

  1. Tammylyne says:

    I love this!!!
    We have a birthday party to go next weekend and I think this is something we could give along with the gift we got! My little one and I could do this together. Thanks for the great idea

  2. Rose Habart says:

    Perfect :) I’ve actually been looking for a play dough recipe that you can bake and harden to do handprints for the grandparents!

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