Half term thrifty fun – 5 home made play dough recipes


I remember going to a few kids parties as a child and my mother sending me to the house with a Huge seal-able bucket of home made play dough as a thank you gift in a variety of colours.

I spent hours at the kitchen table making cakes with it or running spoons, forks and cars over it to see what sort of shapes they made. As a child I mean…

… Our kids are no different… they love being creative. We’ll be using these recipes to make Christmas decorations soon… I just have to find some inexpensive Christmassy cookie cutters and some low cost ribbon/ string… and voilà. <—- Can also add glitter either to the mixes or paint/ glue it on afterwards.  Great fun for this half term.

Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe #1

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix and stir the ingredients together over low heat. Cook the mixture until it has thickened. Remove the clay from heat and allow it to cool before using it.Store the modeling clay in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic baggie or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.

This clay recipe can be used to make ornaments, jewelry, or other hardened sculptures. Bake this clay to harden it. Pieces may be painted and sealed, if desired.

Work the ingredients together to form the clay. Store the clay in a sealed container until it is needed. Bake the finished pieces on a non-stick cookie sheet at 350°F for approximately one hour or until they are slightly brown around the edges. Cool the baked clay items on a wire rack before using them or painting them.

Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe #2

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring (optional)

Stir together the dry ingredients. Mix in the oil. Mix in the water and food coloring. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the clay thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot. Cool the clay before use. Store clay in a sealed container or plastic bag.

This clay recipe produces a clay with a smooth consistency similar to that of store-bought playdough for kids. Air-dry products made with this clay.

Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe #3 

  • 1 cup cornstarch/ corn flour
  • 2 cups baking soda/ bicarbonate of soda
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix and heat the ingredients together over low heat until a dough is formed. Cover the clay with a damp cloth and allow it to cool before use. Seal completed clay products with shellac.

Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe #4

  • 3 oz sugar-free gelatin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 TBSP cooking oil
  • waxed paper

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) in a cooking pot (2 quart size would work well). Add the boiling water and cooking oil. Stir the mixture on the stove over medium-high heat until it forms a ball. Place the ball on waxed paper and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

Experiment with different colours and flavours of gelatin for maximum fruity fun!

Homemade Edible slime recipe (just because the kids love it)

  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • food colouring (or you could add a little unsweetened powdered drink mix)
  • couple of drops vanilla or other flavouring, if desired

In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the milk and cornstarch. Stir and heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in the colouring and any flavourings. Allow the slime to cool. Enjoy! When you are finished playing with this slime, store it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Refrigerated slime is good for a day or two. You can clean up the edible slime with warm soapy water. If you added food colouring or drink mix, keep the slime away from surfaces which could be coloured, such as carpet or upholstery.

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