Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Easy Homemade Play-dough

We have  a play-dough problem around here.  There are always great intentions when the stuff is new, and we carefully put the dough away in its container every time we play, then as the months wear on, we get lax and somehow 4 containers become one.  Actually, I had sort of given up on playdough for a long stretch.  After five kids going through who knows how many pounds of the stuff, I had become a little cynical and wasn't even making play-dough anymore.  I thought that wasn't fair to my youngest kiddos, and I decided that this it why it's good to have an easy homemade play-dough recipe.  So we found one, tried it and love it.  It's inexpensive, easy, fast, and the kids can help.

Who doesn't love playdough?  Even I love to sit there and make little playdough snakes and cubes and maybe slightly more detailed creations.  We made this same recipe for my niece for her Christmas present and used the adorable plastic freezer jam containers made by the Ball company.

What you'll need:

A medium sized sauce pan 
Air tight containers for the playdough

1 c. Water
2T Oil
Food Coloring
1c. Flour
1/2 c. Salt
2t. Cream of Tartar

This makes enough for 2 large baseball sized balls of dough. We made a different batch for each color.  

First pour in the 1 cup of water.  
Next, add 2 T. oil,
Add about 10 drops food coloring.  You can add more later if it's not to your liking.
Mix the water, oil and food coloring.
In another container, mix the dry ingredients..the one cup of flour, 1/2 c salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar.  Add all at once to the liquid.  
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture makes a ball that becomes smooth.
And you have some playdough!  Let it cool on the counter or a cookie sheet for a little bit, but get it in a container in reasonable time so it doesn't evaporate all its doughy goodness!  (yes, I did do a close up of the prettier color of playdough.  I have no idea what happened with the first batch's color)
Store in airtight containers.

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