Easy homemade Non-toxic play dough for kids
Do you know how easy it is to make play dough ?
Children love play dough. Not only does it come in different colors, but it can also be molded into just about every shape their minds desire and give hours of cheap non-toxic entertainment. Of course this assumes your making your own brand.
There’s a downside to commercial play dough.
The primary commercial product, Play-Doh that many of us grew up with does not disclose it’s ingredients. They state; ” The exact ingredients of Play-Doh compound are proprietary, so we cannot share them with you. We can tell you that it is primarily a mixture of water, salt and flour. It does NOT contain peanuts, peanut oil, or any milk byproducts. It DOES contain wheat.” As a concerned parent I want to know…at least if any FD&C coloring agents or other not so desired compounds are present……. proprietary or not. Interestingly on the wikipedia page the ingredients list includes: mineral oil. Why would you want your child to be handling a petrochemical even if it’s only mildly toxic ?
With the increasing number of wheat reactive kids, why not make it yourself gluten free ? Rice and corn flour works fine.
And speaking of colors why use those that can’t be eaten safely ? Have you considered using some foods ? Think * beet juice for a red, carrots juice for orange, and then consider the colors of Annatto , a reddish-orange dye made from the seed of the achiote, caramel coloring , made from caramelized sugar, Elderberry juice, the spices Paprika , and Turmeric as some examples.
Ready to make your very own play dough as it takes only a few ingredients from your kitchen ?
1 cup plain flour (use a mixture of rice and corn flour for children with gluten allergies)
1/2 cup salt
1 cup hot water
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Natural food coloring *
If you want to add a fragrance a few drops of essential oils are an option or you could use some food. . However remember that lavender and tea tree oil are not on the list due to their potential to influence hormones…. but an alternative would be a few drops of lemon or orange which go a long way.
Ready to make your own ?
- Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a pan.
- Add water, and oil (again think edible, such as canola)
- Stir on medium-low heat until the mixture becomes a dough consistency
- Once you are satisfied with the dough’s consistency take the pan off the stove.
- Allow to cool and separate the mix into different pieces if you want different colors
Optional: Knead the essential oils (fruit scents work best) of your choice with the dough.
Finally, store your dough in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge between uses.