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I’ve not yet met a tiny human – or adult – who doesn’t love playing with play dough. There’s something about the soft and squishy texture that draws you in. It’s a great way to inspire creative play by adding scents, providing different cutter shapes, or even glitter.
Or, crazy festive play dough suggestion, twigs (arms), tiny pebbles (eyes & buttons) and strips of fabric (scarf) to build some mini snowmen.
Here’s our favourite no-cook play dough recipe:
You will need:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 and half cups of just-boiled water
Spices, essence and food colouring of your choice
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients with the oil.
If you’re adding scents, now is the time! You could use nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, all spice or cloves. Or have a go at combining different ingredients to create peppermint (maybe try brewing peppermint tea in the water, or use essence), gingerbread or Christmas pudding!
If making snowmen, snowflakes etc., you can skip the food colouring to keep your play dough white. Otherwise, the next step is to add your food colouring.
Then, pour a little water at a time and stir until it starts to come together.
Once everything is combined tip it out and give it a good knead for a few minutes.
You may need to add some more flour to help make it more dough-like and less sticky. It may take a few minutes of working it all together, once done you’re ready to play!
If you have older children (who won’t eat the play dough) you could try adding a bit of glitter to your festive play dough. Make that snowflake sparkle!
Once you’re finished playing, we recommend popping the dough in a zip lock bag, and then into an air tight container to keep it from drying out.
Some of our favourite play dough play items!