January 24, 2013

Play Dough Valentine Hearts

Play Dough Valentine Hearts

Little kids love play dough.  It's gooey and soft and fun to stick fingers in. Little kids also love to put things in their mouths. I've always made my own play dough.  The recipe I use won't hurt Calvin if he eats it.  

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and we made large play dough hearts for Calvin to give away on the big day. 

The Recipe:

This recipe is from Jean Van't Hul's ebook The Artful Year: Autumn.  Thank you, Jean.


  •  5 cups water

  •  2 1/2 cups salt

  •  2 tbsp cream of tartar

  •  food coloring if desired

  •  8 tbsp vegetable oil

  •  5 cups all-purpose flour

  •  2 tbsp cinnamon if desired


  • mix water, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a bowl

  • cook on medium heat, stirring frequently until hot

  • add oil and cinnamon 

  • stir in flour, one cup at a time, mixing well until play dough is no longer sticky

  • let dough cool on the counter

  • knead

  • store in airtight container at room temperature

  • keeps for months


  • Calvin's first job was to roll out the dough.  We used the rolling pin I bought at Christmas.  Calvin needed help now and then, but he did a lot of the rolling.  

  • Calvin and I inserted a heart shaped cookie cutter and pulled the extra dough away.  

  • Then Calvin inserted red, pink, and purple shiny beads.

  • We made three hearts total and put them on waxed paper to dry. It took several days of turning before they dried on both sides. I used a piece of a drinking straw to poke holes in the dough.

  • When the hearts were ready for glitter, Calvin and I brushed each one with watered down glue.  Then Calvin covered the glue with GLITTER.  We both love, love, love glitter!

  • I made DIY hooks by snipping three paper clips in half with wire cutters.  Then I hot glued red paper and a hook, looped with yarn, onto the back of each heart.   

Now we're ready for Valentine's Day.

Extend the Activity:

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to think about hearts.  After making heart shapes from play dough, Calvin and I wanted to read about heart-shaped animals.  My Heart is like a Zoo by Michael Hall is a cute book about a zoo full of animals made from hearts.  

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Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.


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