This is, in my humble opinion, an example of a perfect kid craft. This is something your children can make by themselves, then play with and it isn’t even too messy – the perfect kid craft!
This is a great idea to tuck away in the back of your mind for when summer break hits and your kids are “bored” and there is “nothing to do.”
Not only do your kids get to make the play dough, but they also get to play with the play dough. And I suppose if they really want to, they can eat the play dough. (Although, I would suggest they wash their hands well before beginning the activity … but I’m crazy like that.) In any case, it isn’t toxic.
All you will do is hand your child a large marshmallow or two and a spoonful of peanut butter and let them get to work.
Let them mush, squeeze, roll, bend and smush it all together. Their hands will get super messy and you will wonder what in the world I was thinking. You will think I lied to you and there is no way this is going to work.
Let them continue smushing and mashing and then, after about 5 minutes, something magical will happen.
Their crazy-messy hands will start to become clean.
Yup! Around that point the two items will have mixed together sufficiently and it will turn into a play-dough-like consistency. And their hands will be clean!
Pretty amazing stuff, really!
Ours was a little softer than traditional store-bought play dough, and, well, it is brown. But it is truly the magic of this project that I love!