Homemade dough recipes from the kitchen – Part 1

Open ended play with homemade model magic


Here at Jelly Bean Attic, we do a lot of cooking for our kids, family, friends and in the name of au naturel art supplies.

Every now and then, we come across some fantastic recipes to make non-toxic art supplies for kids.

Though we may not have experimented on every single one from pinterest or art blogs, we have got some favorites that we whip up at the kitchen for our kids every now and then.

Older kids could also try making their own paints, dough or clay as they will get a chance to learn a little about math and science as it covers measurements, temperature, energy transformation, etc.

In this blog, we will cover various types of dough that you can do with your kids depending on your objectives and ingredients that are available in your pantry.  In Part 2 and Part 3, we will cover homemade paints, and play ideas.

Homemade Dough Recipes:

Play Dough on Tinymindsatplay
Jell-O dough on Modernparentsmessykids
Salt Clay dough on Imagination Tree
Cloud dough on HappyHooligans
Sand dough on Popsugar
Ice cream Dough
Model Magic adapted from Kristi’s recipe
This was an accidental discovery as I used potato starch instead of cornflour. You could still use cornflour but the texture will vary slightly from potato starch. With potato starch, the dough is a little stretchier and I find that it dries faster. Some findings and observations:
a. I tried adding peppermint extract and the overall smell was not pleasant. It smells ok without any food extract.
b. If you would like to add food coloring, I suggest adding the color to the water and mixing it rather than adding the color after cooking as it takes a long time to get the color completely blended in. Its ok if you forget to add the coloring beforehand. The marbling effect as your’re kneading the color into the dough is also equally awesome!

For busy parents or parents who are not kitchen savvy, we have readymade craft kits that can be purchased from our website.

Ocean Treasure Chest

This is a thematic craft kit that includes waterbeads, ocean related toys, balloons, embellishments, etc. You can read more about this kit here.

Basic Craft Kit

This is a starter kit with scented play dough and random embellishments. Creations are left to a child’s imagination. Make up stories with your child about the objects your child has made.

Homemade Scented Play dough

These are sold separately and freshly made. They can last up to 6 months if stored in an airtight container. You can make some on your own based on our recipe above or just order a few more whenever you need them as party favors or include them as part of your own art kit for travelling or parties.

We hope these recipes will be helpful in making sensory play for your little one.
Please remember that adult supervision is still required.

In part 2, our blog will feature homemade paints and here’s the link to see that post

Mommies at Jelly Bean Attic


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