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The Best Play Dough Recipe In The World.

The Best Play Dough Recipe In The World.

If you have little kids these days you have probably heard about sensory play.

What is sensory play?

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child's senses of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance. And it's so very, very good for brain development.

You can buy some beautiful sets and kits (these are my favs from one of the mommas who shops at Maplerose, My My and Me) to encourage this type of play but you can also encourage sensory play with all kinds of things around your house.

Curious kids come to sensory play quite naturally. As a child, I remember loving the feeling of putting my hand in a bag of dried beans or rice. I loved the smell of fresh raspberries as I picked them in the warm sun. I love balancing and hopping over cracks in the sidewalk and I loved homemade playdough.

Not all playdough recipes are created equally but I do believe I found the best one ever. Once sealed in a mason jar this stuff lasts for months or until it is forgotten outside or in the couch or crumbled around the house. You know how it goes :)

I got this recipe from a good friend of mine, Kirsten, who is a teacher. Another momma who shops at Maplerose with two hooligans of her own she has all kinds of tricks up her sleeves.

And with the writing of this post I will now officially know where the recipe is and won't have to text her everytime I want to make it. I've also written it in my recipe book but forget about that often.


1) In a bowl combine:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

2) In a big measuring cup combine:

2 tablespoons oil
2 cups boiling water
food colouring (optional)

3) Make a well in the flour mix and add the liquid. Mix well and then let sit for a few minutes to cool.

4) Once cool enough to handle, sprinkle a little flour on the counter and knead the playdough till smooth. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. We love peppermint (uplifting) and lavendar (calming).

5) Gather tools and trinkets for decorating and play.

Our favourite play dough accessories are the Rolling Pin Set and any of the peg dolls. They really love play dough, too.

Let me know how it turns out! Have fun!

Recipe for the best homemade playdough


Jenn Chic

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