Carnival Of Play

A great parenting blog that I like to read, PhD in Parenting, is hosting a Carnival of Play from April 1 – 15. I have written about children’s play a number of times on this blog, most recently at the beginning of March with The Importance Of Play.

I am going to be contributing to the Carnival Of Play, so for the next two weeks along with my usual of posts, I will be adding a few extras dedicated to play.

Playdough Recipe

The first installment is the recipe for Playdough. Playdough makes such a great play activity for children, as it allows them to use their hands. Squeezing, flattening, molding the playdough provides great sensorial experience for small children. Playdough allows children to use their imagination and be creative. The dough can be made into anything they can think of!

The beauty of making your own Playdough is that the children can help you with this task as well. Measuring. pouring, stirring are all activities that children enjoy. I use the recipe that can be found on the container of McKenzies Cream of Tartar and find it very quick and easy to make. This playdough also keeps moist and usable for long periods of time in an airtight container.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food colouring
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place all ingredients into a medium size saucepan.
  2. Give mixture a stir.
  3. Continue to stir over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once mixture starts to congeal, remove from heat.
  5. Turn mixture out and knead to gain right consistency.


  • If you want to make playdough in different colours, add the food colouring at the end of the process. Divide the plain dough into sections, make a well in the middle of the dough and add colouring. Knead until the colour is spread through the dough.
  • To stimulate other senses while the children are playing with playdough, you can add the following once you have removed the playdough from the heat:
    • Essential oils – to add an attractive fragrance to the playdough.
    • Glitter – to make the the playdough sparkle, add a handful of glitter to the dough to change the appearance.

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  • Samantha April 03, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hi there! Delurking just to say I, too, use the McKenzies Cream of Tartar playdough recipe. However, instead of cooking the dough, I use 2 cups of just boiled water. By the time you have finished stirring the dough altogether, and are ready to knead it, it has cooled down significantly. Hope this helps!

  • melitsa April 04, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Another fun thing with the glitter is to push your thumb in and pour a tsp of glitter inside. Cover up and knead. The kids have fun trying to find the glitter and it will eventually go everywhere. Same for colours. Choose blue in one part and yellow in another. Ask them what colour does it make or for them to predict what will happen. They’ll think you are a magician both times…

    melitsas last blog post..Parents Dance with your child

  • Liss April 08, 2009 at 11:42 am

    How strange, I just posted this exact recipe today (with pics too!) I also at times add glitter, put in ziplock bags for lunch out with friends or party favours for kids birthday parties :)

    Lisss last blog post..What’s that? It can’t be….?

  • Kiera August 28, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I love playing and sculpting with my children. I much prefer the homemade playdough than store bought. With so many recipes to choose from its great to play around with.

    Another little tip is adding spices to it (like mixed spice). It can create some interesting smells. Some good and some bad :)

  • Tegan October 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Playdough is so much fun and children love it too. To make it a great sensory experience why not add some lavender for the nasal senses, some colour for the appearance or some sand or glitter for the hand senses.