My experience having a toddler and teaching special needs preschool always has me on the hunt for fun crafts and activities that are very sensory. W loves to get messy and I love watching him explore new textures, scents, and experiences. It’s a great way for any young child to learn through play. So we recently created a fun batch of homemade DIY play dough so we could play on a rainy Saturday afternoon!
DIY Play Dough
I was thrilled because we had everything we needed in our kitchen to make a batch. Plus it’s fun to have him watch (from a safe distance) as it all comes together. It’s like magic for the little ones!
What you need:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup fine salt
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice
- Optional: food coloring (we used Wilton’s color gels – Amazon affiliate link)
What you do:
- On low heat combine the salt and flour thoroughly before mixing in the water.
- Once the water is starting to hold the flour together add the lemon juice and finish with the coconut oil.
- Continue ‘cooking’ on low only until the mixture has fully pulled into a ball and starts to looks like the consistency you would want for playing with. It will still look rather oily at this stage, do not worry about that, the flour will continue to absorb the moisture.
- Remove from the heat and let rest for a couple minutes before dividing and adding color. We split this amount into four equal pieces and added just a dab of the gel food coloring-even the small amount brought big color so add it in slowly! We wore disposable gloves to prevent the color from staining our hands.
- Wrap tightly in plastic or store in air tight containers when not having fun it with.
I love that we can create as much DIY play dough or as little as we need! Oh and it’s great to be able to mix up a variety of colors or to just make a big batch of our favorite color. When we decide to make a big batch, W always wants it to be red! I love the color pink so I manage to get away with making both even though it’s not what he planned! Here’s to hoping C likes the color pink!