Activities to do at home

November-Homemade Play Dough

Did you know that Art Beast makes a different themed dough EVERY single WEEK? That’s 52 scents & textures a year!

You asked for it, you got it: our famous play dough recipe along with some pro tips from Art Beast Coaches. It’s got everything you need to make it at home, including a list of some of our favorite scents. There are endless possibilities when making play dough - experiment with your little ones to come up with your own favorite scents and textures!

There are two methods you can use to make great play dough, the first is with the microwave and the second is with the coffee pot, kettle, or on the stove top.

Option 1:
Microwave
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Food coloring (opt)
Scent (opt) - can be extract, spices, or juice in place of water

DIRECTIONS:
In a microwave safe bowl mix together dry ingredients. If using spices, add into dry mixture. Add vegetable oil and work into dry mixture until lumps are gone. Add water or juice slowly, working out any large lumps. Once mixture is combined completely, work in extract for scent and/or food coloring until it smells and looks to your preference. Put in the microwave for six 20-second increments, mixing in between and getting any film worked back into the mixture. Stop at any point when the mixture starts to get tacky instead of goopy. Let sit to cool. Once cooled, but warm enough to handle, knead dough until consistent in texture. If still too tacky when cool, do one more round in the microwave.

Option 2:
Stove or coffee pot/electric kettle
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Food coloring (opt)
Scent (opt) - can be extract or spices. Juice does not work well in this style.


Boil water in kettle, pot, or coffee pot. In a heat safe bowl mix together dry ingredients. If using spices, add into dry mixture. Add vegetable oil and work into dry mixture until lumps are gone. If using any extracts and food coloring, start by adding them to 1/4 cup of water, then adding mixture to the dough, working out any large lumps. Slowly add more water as needed to make a soft dough consistency (you may not need the full cup of water). The heat will cook the dough as it sits. Once cooled, but warm enough to handle, knead dough until consistent in texture. Dough may be the slightest bit tacky, but as it cools it will cook itself a little more.

play dough fun

DID YOU KNOW?Play dough is great for developing fine motor skills!

Besides being super fun, play dough is a great sensory experience for small hands. After making play dough together at home, help your little one practice rolling, cutting, smashing and building with the dough!


PRO TIPS:

  • Most of our doughs are made with extract, but for a more subtle smell you can change out the water for juice instead! - Nancy

  • Mix the dry ingredients together well in one bowl, and the water or juice and any food coloring desired in another bowl BEFORE combining them. - Andrew

  • Leave it slightly undercooked. The heat left when set out will cook it to the end and leave it soft. - Eva

  • Play dough really comes together when you knead it A LOT! Even if it looks a bit “off” when it is finished cooking/mixing, it will improve with lots of kneading. - Leslie

 Tools of the trade!

Tools of the trade!

OUR FAVORITE DOUGHS:
Nancy - “I really like peppermint swirl, lemon, and coconut!”

Courtney - “I like the citrus ones the most!”

Eva - “My favorite is bubble gum!”

Andrew - “My fave is the chocolate mint play dough”

Leslie -"I have so many favorites! Hot chocolate, any of the citrus ones, the herb doughs and ginger!"

Sabrina- “Mine is definitely the hot chocolate and root beer flavors.”

Bryna -“Lavender dough!”

Erika - ”Fruit punch”

Nicole - “I think strawberry is my favorite : )”

Tonya - “My favorite is the cinnamon dough- such a yummy scent!!! : )”

Taryn - “Cinnamon dough is definitely my favorite!”

Koko - “Black Cherry”

Hannah - “My favorite dough is by far the lemon poppyseed dough!!”

Jamal - “Black Cherry”

Resha - “I can’t decide! There’s too many great ones - lemon poppyseed, chocolate, and the citrus ones!”

What’s your favorite? Post in the comments!

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Great gift idea!

Art Beast occasionally offers select “flavors” of our homemade dough for sale in the studio. Call to find out if we have any currently available.