Night Sky Play Dough

I was always hesitant to make play dough, because it seemed time consuming and a lot of work. I decided to try it anyways, and both of my previous thoughts were wrong! This play dough is so simple to make and takes less than ten minutes. Both of my boys (ages three & twenty months) played with this for a long amount of time this week! Recipe from Two Daloo.

  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Black Liquid Water Color
  • 1 Teaspoon Knox Unflavored Gelatin (half a package)
  • 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1/3 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • Lots of Glitter

  1. Add one cup of water and a couple tablespoons of black liquid watercolors to a saucepan. *The original recipe says to fill a one cup measuring cup 7/8 full of water and the remaining 1/8 with liquid watercolor.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin powder over the top. Turn the burner on high and stir the liquid for a few minutes until the gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Turn the heat down and add the remaining of the ingredients (except the glitter) and then crank the heat back up to medium.
  4. Stir constantly until the dough thickens and begins to form a large clump around the spoon. (This should only take about a minute).
  5. Remove from heat and put your dough on a plate or wax paper to cool. Once the dough is cooled, knead in your glitter.

A few Pictures:

We added a few items to enhance our playtime, including a Letter N stamp as this is apart of our Letter N Activities for toddlers & preschoolers.

My three stamped his name in the play dough. A great name review activity.

Later in the week, we added straws and rigatoni noodles to go along with our N theme.

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