Saturday, January 1

Play Dough

What to do till midnight on New Years Eve? We like to make our traditional candy houses! Way Fun, but it only takes so long. Then what??

Yesterday I decided to make some play dough for the kids to play with. It worked like a charm, kept them busy for hours!!! They only cleaned it up because we did it first and the candy houses lured them away!!

I love this recipe because it's easy, and way soft, a lot easier to work with!

Homemade Playdough

1 Cup flour
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup salt
1 Tbs veg oil
2 tsp cream of tartar
Food coloring (opt.)

Put all ingredients in a pot and stir constantly, scraping sides and bottom, for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat.

It will be like a paste, then start to go lumpy, then start to form a ball. When it no longer looks wet.
Turn out onto counter and knead until soft and smooth. Be careful, it's pretty warm, but cools fast! Store in an airtight container.

You can double/triple the recipe if desired. It just takes a little more muscle at the end to keep stirring it. (This was a tripled recipe without food coloring.)

Break out the rolling pin, and cookie cutters! Way fun!! (I know, we have way too many playdough tools and paraphernalia, I guess it comes from having 11 kids over the last 23 years. We've been collecting for a long time!!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Try adding 1/4 cup of cocoa powder as you are needing the playdough. Looks and smells like chocolate. We keep inexpensive chocolate candy heart boxes and let the kids cut the playdough into valentine chocolates. You can also add different scents to match the season - cinnamon, peppermint extract, gingerbread spices, etc. The kids love the scented playdough.