When I need something to entertain kids on a rainy day, I like to make my own non-toxic play dough. It’s simple and uses ingredients I keep in my kitchen.
My favorite recipe comes from the “Kiddin Around” website: It uses just three ingredients: baking soda, corn starch, and water. I mix together 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup corn starch, and ¾ cups water in a sauce pan.
If I want to color my play dough, I add food coloring or a packet of unsweetened drink mix. I mix well, and then heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture gathers. I prefer to use a wire whisk to stir to break up lumps. I remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool. Then I kneed it to the texture I want. I prefer to leave play dough uncolored as it leaves less mess for me to clean. My other preferred recipe (also on the “Kiddin Around” website) uses salt, flour, and water.
This recipe does not require cooking, but dries out more quickly so it’s great for quick play dough, but not for multiple uses. I mix together one-fourth cup of salt with one cup of flour. When these are thoroughly mixed, I add 1/4 cup of water. I kneed the mixture until I have the consistency I want. I add more water as needed. Again, I add food coloring or drink mix if I wish to color my play dough.
If I store the play dough in an airtight container, it does not dry out as quickly and my kids can use it more than once. If I want to preserve my kids’ creations, I leave them out to air dry. They can paint their air dried creations another day.