Is your little one obsessed with Frozen? With the new movie due for release at the end of this month, there have been fever pitch levels of excitement at our house. Read on to find out how to make your own no- cook Frozen themed dough…
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:
- Purple food dye (or mix red and blue)
- Blue food dye
- Desiccated coconut
- Glitter – ideally the eco-friendly biodegradable version
- Lavender essential oils (1-2 drops) or dried lavender
For the decoration/ presentation
- IKEA Glis box – we find this the easiest way to present and store homemade play dough
- Pom poms
- Large ‘gem stones’
- Frozen figures – we used a mix of Duplo and Little Kingdom, but you could also use peg dolls instead.
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.
We also added in some biodegradable glitter once the colour was mixed into the dough to give a bit of festive sparkle. Whilst the blue dough doesn’t have any scent, we flavoured the purple with a few drops of lavender essential oils.
For the white dough, we simply added a tablespoon of coconut along with a sprinkle of biodegradable glitter – it smells pretty delicious!
You might’ve noticed from the outfits in the photograph, but we rarely make play dough and play on the same day. This is purely because we view it as separate activities – Z is often a little tired after her play dough making workout!
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 Z can play with the items her own way. Whilst the Frozen characters are there, she doesn’t necessarily have to play with them.
Due to the small parts that feature in the box, this would typically be an age 3+ activity. However, the making process can be done from a much younger age – Z and I started making play dough together when she was around 2 years old.
As always, you know your own child best but supervision is required with any homemade play activity.
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 â€“ naming colours, scents, objects
- Hand strength and fine motor â€“ manipulating the play dough
- Creative thinking â€“ control over the direction of play
- Numeracy – weighing and counting measurements, dividing the dough
- Imaginary Play – acting out the roles of the characters
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