Super Simple DIY Play Dough! (and other arty stuff)

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We all had fun making some play dough for Blake today. I wanted to make my own because I thought making it with him would be half the fun. I also wanted to be sure that all the ingredients were safe incase he eats a little.

Homemade play dough

Homemade play dough!

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water (add gradually, start out with only half the cup and judge how much more you need after that)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional, it just adds some extra elasticity)
food colouring

It’s simple! Just mix together the flour and salt, then add the rest of the ingredients. Kneed the dough first, then separate it into balls so that you can add different colours of food dyes. After we added the food colouring, we needed to dust a little more flour over the dough to get it back to the right consistency.

Toddler playing with play dough

Lots of fun ensued!

Toddler playing with play dough

Flour-y shorts, but otherwise minimal mess :P

We’ve been involving Blake in a lot of different arts and crafts activities lately. 18 month olds are awesome, this is such a fun age where he’s really discovering different objects and exploring what he can do with them. We went out to a cheap bargain store and bought a few art supplies and put together an art box for him to use and explore. It definitely keeps him busy!

Toddler art!

It's a masterpiece!

It’s pretty crazy how excited parents get over every single piece of er…”art” that their toddlers produce. I want to frame it all! Surely it has some kind of abstract artistic merit, right? Right!? MY SON IS A GENIUS, I KNOW IT. Right now his favourite things in life are swimming, drawing with markers and sticking stickers onto pages. OK, if not a genius, he sure is a lot of fun. And he’s definitely the only kid in the world who I would allow to use my once-very-cool “Fur is Dead” peta2 t-shirt for an art smock.


It used to be a pretty cool t-shirt.

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