Grandpa has been away on holidays for a number of weeks. This was his first visit since his return home and he brought new silicone moulds for N, M and E for their play dough play. It had been a few weeks since we’d played with our homemade play dough. I opened the tub and gasp! It was mouldy. Maybe it was because our container wasn’t air tight. Whatever the reason, it was no longer useable.

Lesson learnt: play dough can get mouldy!

I quickly opened up two tubs of store bought scented play dough. Thank goodness for that supply. Another lesson learnt.

Lesson learnt: always have a stock of back up store bought play dough.

There Grandpa stood, with his grandsons, gathered around the dining table, playing with play dough. What a heart warming reunion after a long holiday away.

It was time to make another batch of home made play dough. I wanted something that was quick and easy, something that did not need cooking. I found a fantastic recipe for Uncooked Oatmeal Play Dough in MaryAnn Kohl’s book Mudworks.

Uncooked Oatmeal Play Dough


  • 1 part flour
  • 2 parts oatmeal (I didn’t have oatmeal, so used oat bran instead)
  • 1 part water
  1. Place flour and oatmeal in bowl
  2. Gradually add water to flour and oatmeal.
  3. Knead until mixed
So easy and quick to make – and no cooking required! YAY!!
The dough is grainy and a bit sticky. It looks like bread dough to me.  What do you think?
I’ve stored it in a plastic bag in the fridge so hopefully it’ll last longer than our last batch.
Time will tell.
N & M: 3 yrs 4 months
E: 15 months

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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.