Homemade Play Dough and Goop

You know, I’m not very crafty.

My mom has an entire ROOM in her home set up with kids crafts and every conceivable artsy medium, which I think is awesome, but me? card making kit is a kidling hit


Not really my gig.

Although I do love looking at the cool stuff the kids make.

I’m also happy to share someone else’s crafty kid fun ideas with you when they come to my inbox.

Beth Engelman is an author and businesswoman who was looking to find ways to have fun with her 3-year-old without spending a fortune.Her website, www.engelmanriggs.com has ideas and she’s also given me permission to post these recipes for homemade play dough and homemade goop. (I remember that stuff from grade school!)

Homemade Play Dough with Action Figures:

You Need:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 Tablespoons oil

1cup warm water

Several drops of food coloring

Airtight container with lid such as Tupperware or Ziploc storage container

Plastic action figures such as animals, insects or pirates available at any party supply store


Mix ingredients on top of the stove then remove from heat.  Knead into dough making sure there are no bumps.  Once cooled, place in airtight container, adding action figures for a play dough adventure gift that is sure to delight.

Homemade Goop:

It’s gooey, slimy and mess-free!

You Need

2 cup salt

2/3 cup water

1 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup water

Airtight container with lid such as Tupperware or Ziploc storage container


Mix 2/3 cup water and salt in a pot and heat for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add cornstarch and ½ water to the mixture and stir until smooth.  Return to heat and stir until thick.  Store in airtight container.

Creative Commons License photo credit: woodleywonderworks

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One Response to Homemade Play Dough and Goop

  1. maya says:

    While I applaud the ideas the Beth Engelmann is forwarding, most of them are stolen from other sources. That she passes herself off as a mom on a shoestring is a fraud. She barely spends time with her son as she has a full time nanny so that she can spend her time at yoga classes and spa treatments which she can afford due to the million dollar settlement she got from her ex-husband. Not to mention the 6 figure child support. She´s got a great concept and I applaud supporting women who truly are on that shoestring budget, but don´t lie about who you are. But that is reflected in many of the things she proposes that she cooks up herself. The battery cake. 25 to 30 dollars. Taking a picture of an invitation and printing copies is not cheap nor does it bring you close to your child like making invitations by hand.
    All the best,

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