Keep your little monsters busy on a rainy day with this easy Monsters Inc. inspired play dough.
Hey crafty readers! It’s Sydney from Tastefully Frugal here again to share another fun activity to do with your kids. Last month we celebrated my baby’s second birthday (seriously where does the time go)! I wasn’t planning on having a party for him but two weeks before his birthday he started saying he wanted a “Mikey-owski” party; in two year old language that meant he wanted a Monsters University party. They’ve seen both Monsters movies but Monsters University is definitely their favorite.
Only having a few weeks to plan I decided to go with super simple ideas for the food and treats. I’m not a big fan of sending home goodie bags filled with candy and cheap toys; kids are already on a sugar high from the party itself and the last thing parents need is for a melt down when their $.25 toy breaks. As a thank you to our guests I like sending home one treat and one toy or game. For our Star Wars Party I made Death Star Oreo Truffles and Pool Noodle Light Sabers. For our Monster Party I opted for Monsters Rice Krispie Treats and play dough.
Both of my boys love playing with play dough and it’s so easy to make it fit perfectly with my stress free party plan. I used a basic salt dough play dough recipe and added neon blue and green for the colors. I will tell you you are going to use a lot of food coloring to get the bright colors. Between making these and the Monster Cupcakes I used almost an entire bottle of both the blue and green (but it was totally worth it)! If you have a rainy day (or super hot day) in your forecast make a batch of this play dough ahead of time; your little ones will love it!
1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. oil (I used coconut oil but you can use canola oil too)
neon food coloring
Add all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt and cream of tartar) to a medium sauce pan. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
Add water and oil and turn heat to medium-low.
Continually stir until it starts to get thick (about 1-2 minutes).
Before it starts to get really thick add your food coloring. For Mike Wazowski I used 44 drops of neon green food coloring (I added drops 10 at a time until I got the desired col0r) For Sulley I used 32 drops of neon blue, again adding drops 10 at a time.
Stir, stir, stir. You want to make sure you’re constantly stirring so the color gets spread evenly.
When the dough starts to not stick to the side anymore you are done.
Let dough cool on wax paper or foil for 30 minutes.
Knead a few times and store in an air tight container.
We had our party a month ago and my boys play with their dough every few days and it’s still soft and squishy!
To check out all the rest of our Monsters University Party details click here.
See you next time!