Easy no-cook Playdough

Playdough creations using the recipe below


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbps cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food color (i use cakeflora gel colors)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup boiling water (add 1 cup and mix and then add the balance)


  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Add the oil
  • Add some food color
  • Add 1 of the 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water on top of the food colour (this helps to dilute it so it colors easily) and then mix
  • Add the balance 1/2 cup of water slowly to the dough until the desired feel is achieved (you may notice that you dont use all of the 1/2 cup)
  • Knead well and store in airtight plastic or containers.

Sealife and Playdough Invitation to Play


Sea animals, seashells and pebbles cpupled with playdough make the perfect invitation to play

I love the vibrance and educational benefit that Invitation trays offer toddlers. It gives them a constructive opportunity to explore, create and play.

♡It is a wonderful tool to build their imagination.
♡Playdough offers a great fine motor workout for their tiny fingers
♡They are given the opportunity to explore new ‘little’ worlds through themed trays (like the seaworld one above)
♡Great vocabulary builders (i love the opportunity to talk to my little tot about sealife and introduce her to new sea animals like the octopus, seahorse and turtle)
♡Builds concentration span


Homemade playdough recipe can be found under search item ‘playdough’.

Flower Planter Sensory Activity


I set up this sensory planter for my toddler today. I placed the big flower water sprinkler into a pot plant filled with riversand. I then invited her to come and plant the other little flowers. I am sure you can tell that we are trying to soak up as much of summer as we can before winter sets in. I am now going to attach the waterhose to the flower sprinkler for some fun in the sun.

Playdough and Straw invitation to play


Homemade playdough and coloured straws cut into shorter bits

This is a wonderful fine motor activity for tots and offers them an invitation to explore.
I used coloured straws cut up into quarters and a single ball of our Homemade Playdough layed out on a tray. She got busy sticking the straws into the playdough.


Playdough and straws in action

The first time i set out this activity for her i found that it didnt hold her attention long enough. She merely poked the straws into the dough and set off to play with something else.
I took it as possibly just an off beat day for her, so i set out the activity again for her a few weeks later and it held her attention a lot longer.

Playtime expected: 10-20minutes

Rainbow Rice Princess I-Spy Bottle


Our rainbow rice princess i-spy sensory bottle. Honestly i would have loved this bottle to have plain pink or plain purple rice but i had a tank of rainbow rice that we havent used in a while so i decided to just make use of it. (Dont be surprised when i revisit this sensory bottle and whip up a batch of new pink coloured rice)
Most of our contents are barbie accessories that have been misplaced (by my kids), earrings that have lost their partner and some charms and sequins.
My toddler lovvves disney princesses at the moment and i thought she might like to have a themed sensory bottle. I managed to also find a silver barbie crown which i added at the end. It was magical 👑👑👑👑👑

Mixed Sensory I-Spy Bottle


Mixed Sensory i-spy Bottle
I made this one a while ago, but emptied it today to change a few of the objects. I included a letter “A” this time around for my toddler as her name begins with “A”. When my 6 year old was still learning her letters i put all 26 letters of the alphabet into a bottle to look for. The possibilities are endless. Other items are just general vocabulary builders. Also included were few of @safariltd miniature creatures (sold individually) great for sensory bottles.

Edible Kitchen Sensory Bin


This “edible” kitchen sensory bin was entirely impromptu. I hadn’t planned it in the least. I started out spring cleaning my kitchen while my toddler refused to leave my hip. She eventually agreed to sit on top of the counter where i was neatening up some spices and she managed to mix in some salt with ground cinnamon powder(there it goes-there was no “unmixing” it), so we decided to dump it in a tray with a spoon and sift and she got busy. Literally for 30-40 minutes. I threw in some stray beans i had and gave her a parsely shaker that had about 1/3 bottle full. (The beans of course werent for eatig purposes but i knew if she licked her finger everything was safe to ingest)

Coffee Bean Sensory Bin


Our butterfly and coffee bean sensory tray was a hit. My toddler used the spoons to pick up the butterflies and drop them into the bowl.
Areas of learning:
Spatial orientation
Visual perception
Depth perception
Colour recognition


Lots of mixing happening, shouting out the colours, counting the butterflies and imaginative play.