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Make dough yourself: 5 simple recipes

Kneading is always very popular with small children. But did you know that you can also make dough yourself. Here are five instructions - explained step by step.

Play dough is one of the classic children’s toys. We think: rightly so! Because when modeling, children can not only let their creativity run free, but also train their motor skills. You will make your kids twice as happy if you make the play dough yourself with them. We have put together our five favorite recipes for you.

1. Make dough with flour yourself

You only need five ingredients for the basic recipe:

  • 500g flour
  • 200 grams of salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons oil (e.g. rapeseed oil)
  • 3 tablespoons citric acid powder (approx. 20 g)
  • Almost 400 ml boiling water (too much water makes the dough very sticky, but this can be corrected with additional flour)

That’s how it’s done: 

  1. Mix the flour with the salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add oil and citric acid.
  3. Add boiling water and stir with a hand mixer until a smooth mass is formed.
    Caution: This is a part you parents should take on – hot water does not belong in the hands of small children. Even after kneading, the dough can still be hot.

The consistency is initially a bit softer than with store-bought play dough. Packed airtight in a Tupperware or in a plastic bag, it can be kept at room temperature for several days without crumbling.

2. Make dough yourself with the Thermomix

The Thermomix is ​​a reliable helper in the kitchen – and it can even be used to make play dough.

You need:

  • 500ml of water
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tube of food coloring
  • 500 grams of flour
  • 200 grams of salt
  • 10 ml liquid citric acid

That’s how it’s done:

  1. Place the water, oil and the food coloring in the food processor and heat on low to 100 degrees for about 3 minutes.
  2. Then add the flour, salt and the citric acid and stir vigorously for 1 minute on a medium speed.
  3. Take the dough out of the mixing bowl, but be careful, it’s still hot – it’s best to have an adult help here. Knead the modeling clay vigorously again by hand and the homemade modeling clay from the Thermomix is ​​ready.

3. Edible play-dough from marshmallows

With this recipe, you don’t have to worry if your kids put their fingers in their mouths, because this playdough is even  edible.

You need: 

  • 6 marshmallows
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • liquid food coloring

That’s how it’s done: 

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and microwave on high wattage for about 30 seconds.
  2. First stir the sticky, soft mass with a spoon.
  3. When the play dough has cooled down a little and has been stirred well, take it out of the bowl with your hands and knead it properly – your home-made, edible play dough is ready.

If the dough is too sticky, add some cornstarch. By the way, the putty tastes – surprise – very sweet. Caution: However, it is not suitable for long-term storage as it consists of perishable food.

3. Edible play-dough from marshmallows

This recipe is probably one of the easiest because you only need two ingredients that you usually have at home anyway. Practical!

You need: 

  • shampoo
  • 300 gr. flour or cornstarch
  • possibly food coloring

That’s how it’s done:

  1. Add shampoo to the flour or cornstarch and start kneading the mixture with your hands. Give it some time to let the ingredients combine.
  2. If the mass is too dry, add some more shampoo. If the mass is too liquid, you can help out with more flour.
  3. Here, too, you can knead in liquid food coloring to color the modeling clay.

Tip: Instead of shampoo, you can also try this recipe with dish soap or lotion. A nice side effect is the great smell and the soft, cared for hands after kneading.

Make dough yourself: 5 simple recipes

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