Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Homemade Playdough

From Sarah C.:

My aunt shared this recipe for homemade playdough with me when D was younger. It's wonderful - easy to make and long lasting. We're still using the original batch we made over a year ago!

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of baby oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • food coloring
  • airtight container(s) for storage

Start by mixing the flour, salt, cream of tarter, baby oil and water in a large pot. If you have a little helper like I did, try setting the pot and dry ingredients on a baking sheet on the floor. Gives them access and helps contain the mess.

This step should be done by adults or with adult supervision! Take the saucepan to the stove top and warm over moderate heat. Stir until mixture sticks together.

Allow to cool. Knead by hand into a smooth dough.

To make multiple colors, divide the dough into smaller sections. Then add food coloring to each section and knead in the coloring. Your hands will get colored from this process, but that's part of the fun (and it will wash off later - hint: using baking soda & water).

Now the real fun - play with your dough!

To keep it, store in airtight containers. If it begins to dry out, add a little baby oil.



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