Jun 12 2010

Make Your Own….. Playdough (Play-doh)

I found this easy recipe for making your own Play-doh and am so happy to be sharing it with you!

Play-doh is great, but as many of you know, it often ends up in their mouths! This recipe is not meant to be eaten, but at least you will have comfort in knowing that if they do down a little when your back is turned, they won’t be ingesting harmful chemicals.

Ingredients
2 cups flour, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup salt, 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity), food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix) scented oils

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes. When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. If your play-doh is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer.

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Knead & color
Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring. Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the play-doh, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter.

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Store your Play-doh in an airtight container. If it begins to dry out, just add a little water and knead. However, if it gets too dry, you’ll need to start over.

Now if I could only get all the money back from the play-doh I bought in the past!

Watch how easy it is……….

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