Do you have a toddler obsessed with all things farm life? We do! Our youngest absolutely loves farm animals (especially cows) and trucks too, so we’ve combined both to create this farm themed box. I reckon it would make for the perfect present too…
I made this play dough box with my daughter (aged 3.10) on a rainy Saturday afternoon – we made a huge box batch of dough that also features in the Frozen Themed Play Dough post.
You will need:
For this bumper box of play dough, we simply doubled the ratio of our usual basic play dough recipe. In total we made 6 different colours and scents – some of which was also used to create a farm themed box too.
- 4 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 2 cups of cooled boiled water – added gradually
For the colours and scents:
- Black food dye
- Yellow food dye
- Chocolate powder
- Cinnamon powder
- Glitter – ideally the eco-friendly biodegradable version
For the decoration/ presentation
- IKEA Glis box – we find this the easiest way to present and store homemade play dough
- Road tape
- Small animal figures (ours are Schleich)
- Selection of construction vehicles
What to do:
As with every single batch of play dough featured on this page, this is a no-cook recipe which should take no more than 10 minutes to make. We choose this method because Z helps me with every part of the process – it has become our thing to do together.
Start by mixing all of the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then add the sunflower oil. Once combined, GRADUALLY add the cooled boiled water and mix together. You want to make sure the dough isn’t too sticky so don’t add all of the water at once!
Next knead the dough until the mix is fully combined. We tend to get it out of the mixing bowl for this part to really make sure everything has come together. If you think it’s too dry, add a little more water or if it’s too sticky, add a spoonful or more of flour.
Because we were making a bumper pack, we then rolled the dough into a large sausage shape, then Z cut the dough into six sections so that we could colour or flavour them.
Once divided, make a hole in the centre of the play dough with your forefinger, then add a few drops of colour. This part takes a bit of trial and error – plus a lot of rolling and kneading – however, it is great for building up strength in the hands and fingers.
For the chocolate and cinnamon play dough, you can follow the recipe featured here however on this occasion, we simply added a tablespoon of chocolate powder and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I put the play dough batches into an IKEA Glis box along with the loose parts you see in the photo below. This is so that the children can play with the items their own way.
Under strict supervision, these play dough boxes can be used from around 18 months, providing you are confident that your young toddlers won’t put the play dough in their mouth – the salt content in homemade play dough is extremely high. If you want to try a no-added salt version, click here.
With regards to making the play dough together, we started doing this around the age of two.
I’m forever talking about the benefits of play dough – even more so when it’s homemade by the children!
- Sensory Play – play dough hits most of the 5 senses (except taste)
- Language development – naming colours, scents, objects
- Hand strength and fine motor – manipulating the play dough
- Creative thinking – control over the direction of play
- Numeracy – weighing and counting measurements, dividing the dough
- Imaginary Play – acting out the roles of the animals
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