I LOVE play dough - and what better toddler Christmas craft activity than Christmas-colored glitter play dough!
There are so many things that you can do with it, it's heaps of fun, it's non-toxic (thankfully, as kids and dogs have tried it in our house) and it is really really quick and easy to make. Cheap too! I admit that I used to buy the proper Play Dough because it was easier (so I thought) and the thought of turning my best pans blue and green with food coloring didn't really appeal to me. But last week I discovered Microwave Play Dough - it's great!
I'm not an amazing cook and baking is the area where I really fall down, but this is EASY! So easy I let my 2-year-old make the play dough (with the supervision of course - otherwise my whole house would be covered in flour and oil) which meant that I got two toddler activities for the price of one. Even with a 2-year-old making it, it still took less than 5 minutes (add a few extra minutes if you plan on making more than one color).
For the amount that I made (about ½ a kilogram) the ingredients would have cost me less than $2 (if you had to buy everything it would be around the $7 mark, but that would make you a mountain of the stuff!). We added glitter (optional) for a bit of extra Christmas sparkle.
Tip: Make sure that adding the glitter is an adult-only job - it's a nightmare to clean up if you spill it! You'll still be finding bits next Christmas!
Microwave Play Dough
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
- 1 cup of salt
- A few drops of food coloring (add more for intense color, less for a more pastel color)
- glitter (optional)
- Mix all of the ingredients together with a wooden spoon (you can use a mixer if you like, but if you mix it well a spoon is fine).
- Place in a microwave-safe container
- Microwave in 30-second intervals (stirring each time) until the mix is a dough consistency. (takes about 4 minutes depending on your microwave)
- If the dough looks a little dry add a dash of oil and kneads the dough.
- Store in an airtight container or snap lock bag in the fridge.
To keep up with the Christmas tradition, buy some Christmas cookie cutters for your toddler.