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Birthday play dough.

Our little chicken turns a whole big 3 on Friday. As part of her celebrations I am hoping to play with her at least one of her favourite ‘messy’ activities each day as we count down to the big day itself! Today was her favourite pink sparkly, rose scented play dough. It is so, so simple to make and can be made using ingredients which you more than likely have in your cupboards. All of the kiddiewinks in this house love play dough – they will play together for ages, creating and imagining. A great wee activity for fine motor skills too 😉 So, if you haven’t already, why not whip up a batch yourself? It’ll be great for your little ankle snapper and may even buy you 10 minutes to finish a whole, and hot cuppa too!

(obviously you don’t have to stick with pink, sparkly rose scented play dough – just switch the obvious components for your child’s favourite colour / smell)

You will need:

2 cups of plain flour. half a cup of salt. 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. 1 – 2 cups of boiling water. food colouring. glitter. rose water / scented oil.

Start by adding all your dry ingredients to a bowl – flour, salt, cream of tartar and glitter (if using)

It takes quite a lot of glitter for it to be noticeable!

Next, add your food colouring and perfume / essential oils to you boiling water. Start with 1 cup of water and see how it goes – you may need to add more if the mixture is still quite dry.


Then mix it thoroughly.

The mixing is definitely our favourite part!

This part is the key – knead the mixture. And I mean knead it like crazy. Keep working at it until you get a consistency that you are happy with. If you feel it is a little dry as more water, if it is too sticky – add more flour. BUT, it should be fine. Eh voila – your play dough is ready for playing!


Today we were making birthday cakes and cupcakes with ours 🙂 It has kept them busy all day, even when J got home from school he was keen to get baking. Slight down side is that there is now play dough from one end of the house to the next as the buns got cooked in various ovens…aka…the boys wardrobe, L’s kitchen in her bedroom, my chest of drawers! Ah well….now you know why my house is never clean nor tidy!


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Anyone out there got any other great ideas for play dough? We’ve made chocolate play dough, candy cane play dough, gingerbread play dough in the past, but would love something new for the summer??

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3 thoughts on “Birthday play dough.

  1. Would you believe it but my baby turns 3 on Saturday, we might have been in the Ulster together and never knew. Once I finish work tomorrow (it’s an early one for me this week) I will be doing the same, bring on play dough madness. Happy birthday baby girl x

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    1. No way Nicola! I had L in the Lagan Valley, but my friend had her little girl in the Ulster the day after I had L, so you may have brushed shoulders with her 🙂 Happy Birthday to your little one too – enjoy all the excitement xx


  2. This looks like lots of fun, my big girl loves play dough and I know that she would love to make our own. Happy birthday to your little girl! x


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