This week I started my first job as a licensed occupational therapist! Since part of my job will be to provide OT services to children in their home (if they are between the ages of 0-3 and are funded by Regional Center), I am responsible for toting around therapy supplies in the trunk of my car everywhere I go. One staple? Playdough.
Playdough is great for so many reasons when it comes to therapy, but it can get expensive, especially if your kiddos decide to mix together several of your colors before putting them back into those tiny plastic pop-top containers. So why not just make it yourself?
It’s so easy, uses regular ingredients you’d have in your cupboard (with the exception of cream of tarter) and takes no more than 10 minutes. Here’s how:
Ingredients for homemade playdough:
2 cups water
10-20 drops food coloring (I used 10 drops and wish I would have used more)
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon oil (vegetable, olive, canola…whatever you’ve got in your cupboard)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar (you can find it in the spices aisle at the store)
1 cup salt
In a large pot, mix water and food coloring. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat and stir with a wooden spoon (not a spatula, too flimsy) for about 5 minutes until the consistency is thick like…well…playdough.
The playdough will be hot, so don’t just pull it out bare handed.
Once your playdough has been cooked and has cooled off a little, it’s time to play!
Once you’re ready to put the delightful batch of dough away, you can store it either in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or simply stuff it all into a gallon-size ziploc bag at room temperature. This way it’s easy to take it along with you.