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DIY Homemade Valentine Play Dough

Play dough is one of my favorite things to make with my kids.  They love watching it cook, kneading it, adding the colors, etc. and enjoy that they are able to help with the entire process from beginning to end.  With February right around the corner, I decided to make a batch of homemade Valentine play dough last week.  The recipe is almost identical to our usual homemade play dough with the addition of baby oil for a softer consistency.  You can stick with vegetable oil, but since we have baby oil on hand, I decided to give it a try.  We also added some heart-shaped sprinkles and glitter to this batch for our Valentine’s Day theme.

Homemade Valentine Play Dough

DIY Homemade Valentine Play Dough
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  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 4 cups water
  • food colors
  • glitter (optional)
  • spinkles (optional)
  1. In a large pot, mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Add the oil and water and cook over medium-low heat until play dough looks dry and pulls away from the pot. You don't want it too sticky.
  3. Remove from heat, divide into batches, and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled, knead, add your colors to each batch and any optional additions like glitter or sprinkles.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Valentine Play Dough

For our Valentine play dough, we dug out the heart cookie cutters along with some flowers and stars.  We own the 101 piece cookie cutter set and it is perfect for all seasons and holiday.  It gets a ton of use.  It’s well worth the money!  I also noticed some heart cookie cutters in the $1 section at Target which would be perfect for Valentine play dough.  You could even make your own Valentine’s using homemade play dough and the cookie cutters in a little bag.

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Ideas for Valentine Play Dough

Print and laminate these Valentine play dough mats.

Use cookie cutters to spell out your own Valentine’s Day message.

Practice counting by seeing how many hearts you can make out of a batch of play dough.

Learn basic shapes by making your own or using cookie cutters.

Set up a Valentine play dough station with rolling pins, cookie cutters, glitter, sprinkles, beads, and allow you child to enjoy open-ended play!

DIY Homemade Valentine Play Dough




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