Kale Dough

I made some homemade play dough (now called “Kale-Dough” at our house) for Kale this morning. We chose baby blue as the colour – he pointed to the blue food colouring so okay by me, blue it is. He was pretty insistent about helping me mix it, and pretty insistent about having a go with it at the table as soon as it was done. Kale has played with play dough before at Family Place and enjoyed it, especially rolling it out and squishing it between his fingers but this was his very own blob of play dough to do with as he pleased.

I recently bought the Duktig 7 piece baking set from Ikea to go along with the pots and pans that Kale already has and it comes with a rolling pin, some cookie cutters, and some baking pans, and so I thought some play dough would be fun to make “cookies” out of. Kale is into kitchen stuff of all varieties and I think that’s awesome. Also on his current wish list? A tea set from Green Toys like the one his friend Moira has, and I’m currently scouring the web looking for plans to build a kitchen out of wood or some sort of Ikea Hack.

I plopped Kale into the seat and then had to wash my hands, so I gave him a plastic knife to stab the play dough with. He demanded another utensil after stabbing the play dough, and then another, and another, until eventually, he had 6 or 7 knives and forks and spoons on the table. He spent the better part of 45 minutes stabbing the dough with the utensil, making a “porcupine” and then asking me to re-roll the ball so he could do it again.

Kale Dough is a H-I-T. Although I warn you this video is a little anti-climatic. This was about the 4th time he had two blobs to stab.

Kale creates play dough porcupine from Jen Arbo on Vimeo.

Play Dough Recipe (I used 1/2 – it made an ample amount):

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar (available in the baking/spices section of a normal grocery store)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • food colouring – I used 6 drops to acheive baby blue

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the oil, water, and food colouring. Mix it really well and then turn out on a floured surface and knead until really smooth. Keep adding flour a bit at a time until it is the consistency you want.

12 years ago


  1. Oooooo! I’m going to have to try that – although I don’t have much hope for Moira not wanting to eat it. Eating is pretty much her favourite pasttime. And I’m glad Kale is so into tea time – when he is older we can tell him how he was corrupted by an older woman in that regard. : ) We don’t have any (other) kitchen stuff for Moira yet. I’m waiting until we live in a new place before even thinking of it.

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