M just recently started really loving play dough, and so I made this crayon play dough for him to add a little more fun to the mix! I used the leftovers from my crayon initial that I made for his room.
Play dough is a fun for kids to poke, prod, and mush, even before they really know how to make things. M loves “cutting” it with a knife, but most of all, he takes it apart and makes little pieces with his tiny fingers.
I added the little bits of crayon to give it a fun speckled color, but it went way beyond that. M had a lot of fun pulling out the pieces, or just fingering them. It gave it an extra texture which he really enjoyed.
I did leave out the cream of tartar from the play dough recipe, which made it not last as well. That, combined with the fact that I under-cooked it a little, made it leech a little, and become slimy. I had it stored in plastic bags, so the second time we played, I just let M mush it in the bags. HE LOVED IT. He was able to feel the crayons through the bag, and appreciated finding them.
Either way you do it – it’s a fun take on play dough. So go ahead, read on, and give it a try!
What you need for crayon play dough:
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- Play dough – I made this microwave recipe, or you can add it to any play dough.
- Crayon scraps – I used what was left from this, or hammer out your own.
How to make crayon play dough:
1. Make (or buy) your play dough and roll them out into rods or balls.
2. Press in your fingers to form wells.
3. Add your crayon bits!
4. Mix it in.
Here’s a closer up view. My one regret is that I did not use contrasting colors instead of similar colors. The contrasting colors would have been so much brighter and more colorful.
Have fun exploring, mushing, and playing. Your child will love it, and you’ll finally get the laundry folded… You can even use it with these fun, free play dough mats for some extra creative fun.
Have you ever made crayon play dough? What other things do you love to add to our dough? Comment below or post your photos on my Facebook page.