I’ve never met a child (and I’ve met quite a few) that loves play dough as much as my big boy. His little eyes twinkle at the mere thought of making a fresh batch of play dough and he can’t go past the play dough section at the shops without taking a quick inventory to see if they have some accessory he doesn’t already own.
We play with play dough lots, so I am always on the look out for some new ideas to incorporate. Here are some lovely links I’ve been collecting…
I don’t usually add scent to our dough, especially not food scents. If I don’t want my kids (especially the baby) to eat it, then I don’t think I should make it look, smell or taste like food. This lovely lavender coloured and scented dough from The Imagination Tree is a fabulous idea. Something a little different, adding another dimension with the smell as well as the texture of the lavender, but not food related.
My big kids are all heavily into Star Wars and space games at the moment so I know they’d all love this galaxy dough from Fairy Dust Teaching. Sally also has a great post on different stages of play dough play.
I’ve tried a lot of different play dough recipes over the years (I was the play dough making queen when I was teaching preschool) but I’ve never tried making it in a crock pot/slow cooker! This recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking even has a gluten free option!
We usually colour our play dough with paint, sometimes with food colouring, but I’ve always wanted to try using natural dyes. This post from Minieco has lots of ideas for dying play dough naturally.
And for something really different, how about some sand dough?
Check out my play dough page for more ideas, or get yourself a copy of the Homemade Play Dough Recipe book (affiliate link – I get a percentage of sales if you buy via this link). It’s full of fabulous, doable, home made play dough recipes and ideas.