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)
- Use a very large plan to mix this recipe together.
- Have your child mix the flour & salt together.
- Have your child stir in the vegetable oil and enough water (about 2 cups) to get the right consistency.
- If clay is too wet, add more flour. Too dry, add more water.
- 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.
- Store in Ziplock rectangle storage containers.
- Add a pretty ribbon to tie the containers together.
- Print recipe on card stock and attach to ribbon.
Preserve your kid’s play doh creation
- Transfer creation to cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
- 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:
- Transfer creation to paper plate.
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Check every 30 seconds until it hardens.
- 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!