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Tuesday 13 May 2014

Homemade Glittery Sensory Play-Dough

I'm a big fan of fun sensory stimulation for toddlers. And what better excuse to whip up some play-dough than a miserable morning downpour? I've been regularly making play dough at home for a few months now and have safely pinpointed my no-fail go-to recipe. I have made it even more fun by adding a sensory aspect to it aka essential oils.

The end result - a lovely squishy soft dough that shimmers and sparkles as it is rolled and poked and moulded into different shapes. Not only that, it also smells beautiful and keeps for MONTHS!

Want to give it a go? Go grab your ingredients!

Plain flour - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 cup
Cream of tartar - 2 tablespoons
Oil - 1 1/2 tablespoons
Water- 1 cup

Optional- 3 drops of essential oil e.g. lavender, orange, lemon etc.

Additional -
Food colour

Method -

  1. Dump all of the first five ingredients in a pan and mix well with a wooden spoon. (If you are making scented dough, add the essential oil at this stage too.)
  2. Set your hob to lowest heat/flame and put the pan on. Stir every few seconds until dough makes a clumpy lump or gets difficult to stir. Remove immediately from the heat.
  3. Take out into a large bowl/plate. At this stage, you can either divide it into smaller sections or work with one large lump. 
  4. Set the timer for 5 minutes and start kneading. Add food colour and glitter while doing so. The end result should be a very soft, smooth, pliable dough that springs back when poked with a finger. 
  5. Store in an air-tight container. 
Play away!

Alternatively, you can do step 4 using a food processor/mixer as well.

To get a long undisturbed quiet tea break maximum play time and sensory fun, gradually introduce tools and toys such as cookie cutters, rolling pins, silicone cupcake moulds, large buttons, toy cutlery etc.

Put the kettle on, sit back and watch an episode of your favourite sitcom while your toddler gets some quiet sensory creative fun.

Did you try this recipe? How did it go? Post below and happy crafting!

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