Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Easy to Make Play Dough

Homemade play dough was a staple in the fridge when my boys were little. I recently made up this batch for my Kid's Bible Group. The kids squealed with excitement when they saw me pull the fat little bags of coloured dough from my tote and within a few minutes, a parrot, ferris wheel, stars and charm bracelet began to appear.

Play Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 Tbsps. Cream of Tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
  • food colour
Measure out the flour and salt and sift in or push the cream of tartar through a sieve to break up any lumps. Whisk together.

Pour the dry ingredients in a non-stick fry pan.
Mix the wet ingredients and pour into the dry ingredients in the fry pan.

Mix together very well.
Turn onto low heat.

Stir continuously - about three minutes is all it should take.

The mixture will begin to cling together into a ball.

When it does this - it's done.

Take the dough off the heat and roll into a log, deciding how many pieces and what colours you want to make this into.

I divided this recipe into four equal sized balls and those each were divided evenly between eight children. There was plenty.

I used this liquid food colouring from Club House, found in the baking aisle, and just squeezed a bunch into a flattened ball and then kneaded in the colour.

Colours could be pre-mixed for more variations. But I never did that- other stuff to do.

Store the dough in air-tight containers - I used zip-loc bags. The play dough keeps in the refrigerator but I can't remember just how long - but I know it is quite a while.

8 comments:

Words Words said...

Already a staple craft in my house! It long ago surpassed hours of fun, and is probably well into the weeks and months area.

Mental P Mama said...

Ahhhhh...the memories;)

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

Ooooo this post toook me right back to Playschool days! I could even smell the smell of it cooking/making, if you know what I mean. We ran Paygroup in the Church Hall, and it had a super kitchen where we could make batches of playdough as and when we needed it.
Ohhh the hours of fun!

Vicky x

AngelMc said...

ohhh my gkids luuurrrve playdoh. and i hate it. they make such a mess with it. see if i was a good granny i'd make a batch of this with them...sighing deeply.

Angie said...

Judging from the ingredients, this would probably keep almost indefinitely! Or at least until small hands had rendered the colours unrecognisable because, like pastry, it is wonderful for getting kids' hands clean.

Words Words said...

It might last forever, in theory. But in practice, it starts to get a bit icky after about a month. Especially if it's been well used.

Decadent Housewife said...

Words,
Agreed.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I remember making the kids playdough.....brings back lots of fond memories.....

Gill