I have loved many stages of Briar’s baby and toddlerhood (6 months and 18 months were particularly sweet) but this current stage at two years is a whole new version of fun! Not only is she able to tell me (in full sentences, no less) what’s on her mind, but her attention span has lengthened considerably! Now I can sit her down at the table with an interactive activity in front of her (i.e. coloring, sorting pompoms, etc) and let her play for extended periods of time while I get work done on the computer. It’s kind of unreal just how self sufficient she is! So naturally, I decided that play dough would be an excellent activity to have at the ready.
My mom made homemade play dough for my brother and myself when we were younger so I was excited to give her recipe a try for my own little one. There are so many cool play dough recipes on Pinterest but the reason I prefer this recipe is that it is completely edible. When Briar gets a little bigger and less inclined to put everything in her mouth, I definitely want to try the recipes with hair conditioner and glitter!
Here’s what you need to make toddler-friendly play dough:
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Food coloring
Begin by stirring all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Once you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients, add in drops of food coloring until you reach your desired hue.
From there, add the mix to a non-stick pot and stir it over medium heat on the stove until you reach a play dough consistency. (This took about three minutes for me.)
Finally, remove the play dough from the heat and let it cool. Once it’s no longer too hot to touch, knead it with your hands and introduce it to your toddler!
It took Briar a few minutes to get accustomed to the feeling of play dough in her hands, but once she was acclimated, she loved it!
We showed her how to roll the dough into balls and attach pieces together and poke holes in it with our fingers.
She was a quick study ;)
Once you are finished playing with your play dough, store it in an airtight container for future use!