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How to make homemade taste-safe play dough for your toddler!

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toddler and mom playing with play dough

As busy moms it can be difficult to come up with new fun ways to introduce sensory play with our toddlers. With this simple and engaging homemade playdough recipe, we can do just that. With just a handful of ingredients commonly found in your kitchen, you can provide your little one with a fantastic playtime experience. The process is not only quick and easy but also an enjoyable activity for your child to participate in. As an added bonus for the curious toddler, it is also taste safe. When you mix, pour, and mold, watch the magic unfold and witness the joy on your toddler's face. Let's dive into the steps and discover the wonders of crafting your very own playdough at home.


1/2 cup water, boiling

1/2 cup corn starch

1/2 cup flour

1 tbs lime juice


Mix together 1/2 cup corn starch and 1/2 cup flour in a bowl. Pour 1 tbs vegetable oil into flour and corn starch mixture. (Don't mix it in yet!)

Pour 1/2 cup water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil. After the water comes to a boil, add 1 tbs lime juice and a food coloring of your choice. I used a few drops of green gel food coloring. (watch my YT video to see how the color came out) It wasn't as green as I wanted, so I added a little bit more water and food coloring at the end.

After mixing the liquid together, pour into flour, corn starch, veggie oil mixture. This is the part where I added a little extra water and food coloring. It was a little powdery, but after I really got it mixed together, I'm not sure if I needed the extra water. Either way, I was happy with the consistency and color when I was done. It cools pretty quickly, and Addie was able to start playing with it pretty much right away.

It took about 10 minutes to make, plus she got to be involved partly in this process.

She played with it for about 8 mins, and then was ready to start getting ready for bed.

Playing with play dough is a great for fine motor skills for ages and stages for your toddler. It helps develops the muscles in her hands that she will later use when she begins learning to write.

Since she's 19-20 months old, we ask Addie to roll the dough in between her hands and mime the hand movement for her to copy. After she rolls it, we ask her to squish it. We love that this play dough it is taste safe for our curious little toddler.

For older children, you may ask them to roll into a ball or a snake for building more critical thinking skills.

Playing with others is also great for her personal-social development.

Addie didn't try to eat any of this dough on the first round of playing with it, but Tillie (our dog) gobbled up the bits of play dough when it hit the ground. We put the remaining mixture in a zip lock bag in the fridge. It's estimated the mixture should be good for about 6 months.

In conclusion, our quick and easy homemade playdough recipe is a fantastic way for busy moms and curious toddlers to create delightful moments together. From enhancing fine motor skills to fostering creativity, this sensory play is both enjoyable and taste-safe. Check out our YT video for color inspiration and embark on a journey of crafting memories with your little ones. Thank you for reading and exploring the joys of playdough with us!

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Click Here to check out our youtube for the video of us making!


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