When DIYs Get Messy.


The new school year has started so we’re trying to make the most out of the time we have left with the kids at home since our schedules are about to get much more intense and we don’t have quite as many lazy afternoons for crafting and getting messy together.

New Fish

Speaking of getting messy, have you ever made DIY play dough? My youngest, Charlie, and I decided to whip up a batch of homemade dough the other day and I was surprised at just how messy we could get! It was so much fun creating the recipe with him. He loves to help find the ingredients in the pantry, the utensils we’ll need, the bowls — quite the little sous-chef in the kitchen and making dough is much like making a meal (even if you wouldn’t really want to eat it!)

DIY Play Dough

Here’s the recipe we made if you’d like to make it with your kids too!



  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • food coloring


  1. Mix salt, flour and water in a bowl until the dough starts forming. Use hands to continue combining the ingredients until the dough is no longer sticky and/or dry.
  2. Add food coloring and knead dough with hands until desired color is achieved.
  3. Play! Store in an airtight container for about 6 months.



DIY Play Dough

The best part about making play dough with your kids, is that it’s a two-part activity. First you get to spend time together making it, and then you get to play with the dough, too. Charlie could play with this stuff all day long. He made little animals, bracelets, and little pictures on the table. I loved to play with it too, actually — it’s fun to be a kid sometimes and when you’re all done with dough time, you can keep it for later in a reusable plastic container. Then it’ll be ready for you to make a big mess another day! 🙂

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