We made red play doh for our toddler groups in February in honor of Valentine’s Day. Our play doh is nontoxic and even “edible.” It isn’t very “tastey” so most toddlers only taste it once, but it will not hurt if it is ingested. We have received many requests for our recipe so here it is:
Early Childhood Home Made Play Doh
2 small packages of unsweetened Kool Aid (choose flavors with good smells and colors)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup salt
3 Tbs. Wesson oil
1 Tbs. Alum (like you use for pickling)
l. Add 2 cups hot water to above ingredients and mix with spoon -smells soooo good!
2. Kneed on floured table or bread board
3. Place in covered container or Zip lock bag
4. good for 3 weeks
Tip: in our “Preschool Prep” Groups we use play doh and play doh scissors to introduce cutting with scissors to our older toddlers. Cutting play doh is much easier than cutting paper and play doh scissors are much easier to hold than regular ” kid scissors.” Our toddlers love it because they feel “grown up” and successful!
Marilee Hartling RN, MFT
Ariko Yoshizawa MA
Child Development Specialist