Friday, November 28, 2008

Homemade Play Dough

Today is a cold, rainy day here in Texas - perfect for doing some indoor crafts. My son has never played with play dough before so I made some using simple ingredients from our kitchen.
(It is recommended that children be two years old or older to play with this dough and of course they should be supervised at all times.)

What You'll Need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
food coloring
wax paper

How I Did It:
Dump the flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a pot and mix well.
Now add the oil and then begin stirring in the water a little at a time.
Cook over medium heat and continue to stir.
The dough will begin to thicken and form a ball.
Keep cooking until the dough doesn't seem sticky then dump it out onto some wax paper to cool a bit.
Divide the dough into four lumps (or however many colors you'd like to make) and knead some drops of food coloring into each. I used about four drops per ball but you can add more or less to get the colors you like.

I taped newspaper over the table and set him loose. The color never came off on anything and it didn't really have a smell. Keep the dough in an air tight container or plastic bag. I'll let you know how long ours lasts.

This was a lot of fun to make. Maybe I'll make more for the kids for Christmas and include some cookie cutters and things to go with.

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