home made play dough …so they can have the cake and eat it too!


One big issue (if i can call it that) that i had with Siddhant was his need to put everything into his mouth. So till the boys were about 15 months old i used to make both paint and play dough at home from flour. The play dough recipe i use is one that i got from another parenting blog:


I have copied it from their site and put it down for you anyway. You need:

  • 1 Cup Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 3 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Food Coloring


  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan
  2. Whisk in the water over low heat
  3. Mix in the vinegar
  4. Pour in the oil
  5. Continue to mix over low heat until it forms a playdough texture
  6. Split up the dough, and knead in the food color (when it’s cool enough to touch)

i find that this one works really well. The only change i have made is to the oil. So after i have made individual balls  to color separately, i add a few drops more oil as i knead in the color. Then i just put them into ziploc bags or small containers and put them into the fridge. The dough stays really well for several weeks. And there is no problem if Siddhant chooses to eat it either!


About myfourboysandme

Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

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