Sunday, August 18, 2013

Play Dough

Play dough is one of those childhood play-things that you never forget. The plastic yellow tubs. The endless fun of rolling, cutting, and shaping. The smell. Although play dough isn't very expensive I needed a few large batches for a preschool event. Instead of buying the play dough Nate and I decided to make it. It's really quite easy!
Start by putting all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Put your wet ingredients in a measuring cup. The food coloring will likely sink to the bottom.
Whisk the wet ingredients together so the food coloring becomes blended into the rest of the liquid.
Pour liquids into the flour mixture and mix. It will be quite shaggy at first. Don't give up! Mix away! Note, use a spoon at first since you put in boiling water and you don't want to burn yourself.
Once cool enough to handle, knead with your hands.
Our play dough was a bit dry so we added in several tablespoons of water. (photo credit - Nate)

When the play dough is a consistency you like it is time to play!

Play Dough


2 c. flour
3 T. cream of tartar
1/2 c. salt
4 T. oil
1/2 c. boiling water
food coloring


Mix dry ingredients together. Mix oil, food coloring and boiling water in a separate container. Stir liquid mixture until cool enough to knead. Knead until smooth.

If play-dough is too dry, add more water, a little at a time. If play-dough is too crumbly, knead in a small amount of oil. Store in an airtight container.

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