This sparkly play dough is cheap and fun to make as well as play with. It's a great rainy day activity as it can keep your kids entertained for ages.
Time: 20 minutes to make plus lots of playing time
Age: Under 5's, 5 to 10's
1 cup plain flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
Few drops vanilla essence
Few capfuls of various food colouring
Saucepan and wooden spoon
Note, ground salt would be best, but if you find you only have rock salt will work fine as long as you dissolve it fully in the water first
Cheap store cupboard materials
Add the salt to the water in the saucepan and dissolve fully by bringing the water to the boil
Ground salt is best but just dissolve rock salt in the water if, like me, that is what you have in your cupboard
Turn off the heat and add the flour, cream of tartar, oil and vanilla essence. The vanilla essence just makes the dough smell nice so you could add any other essential oil you prefer instead.
Mix all the ingredients together
Check first that the saucepan and mixture are not too hot, then you can mix the dough with your hands too
Time to get messy
When the dough is well mixed split into several balls on a worktop and poke a hole in the top of each dough ball. Add half a capful of food colouring into each hole (a different colour in each) and add a shake of glitter
Don't forget the glitter
Mix the colour through the dough by kneading, squishing, pressing and rolling.
Squish, roll and knead to mix the colour through
You should now have several balls of colourful, glittery play dough. Younger children will enjoy the sensory experience of squeezing the dough whilst older children can make models with it - try making these Play Dough Ice Creams
We made dough with red, yellow and blue food colouring and then had fun colour mixing by kneading combinations of finished dough together: blue and yellow dough kneaded together made green dough, red and blue kneaded together made purple dough. We rolled all three colours together gently to make a swirly multi coloured ball.
We mixed combinations of finished dough to make more colours
Wrap the play dough in cling film, zip lock bags or an airtight container and it should last if stored in the refrigerator for several months.
The dough should last several months in the fridge