Homemade Play Dough?
I am totally serious.
You can make homemade play dough with
just a few basic ingredients.
This is not a joke.
I know that play dough is pretty darn cheap at the store.
However, sometimes I need a little activity to keep little hands busy without running myself to the store.
Time with my kids sitting with busy hands
at the kitchen counter while I make
My mom made this play dough for us when I was growing up.
We loved it, and my kids love it now as well.
It really only takes about 15 minutes to put one batch together.
That’s not much time!
Then your kids
will be rolling
and keeping themselves busy for just a little while.
Sometimes a “little while” is needed.
Especially if the “little while” puts a smile on their faces,
and on yours!
Homemade Play Dough
Yield: about 3 C play dough
Time: 15 minutes, per batch
Recipe from my mom, Pam Willahan
1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1 C water
1 T vegetable or canola oil
1 t cream of tartar
1/2 t food coloring of choice
Note: You will need to make separate batches for each color you would like to make. I usually only make 1 batch…when I make more than one, they mix them all together any way.
1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. I used these great Wilton Icing Colors as the food coloring. You can find them at Walmart, or any craft store. They make the colors very vivid and bright. You can most definitely use regular food coloring (which is actually what I have used every time I have made it, my entire life, except for the time I was taking these fine pictures for you fine readers.)
2. Over medium heat, stir the mixture all around until it is warmed and begins to stick together like so. This should take about 5 minutes.
3. Set the dough on some wax paper and knead it just a bit. Just a bit now…you don’t need to plan half an hour of your day to knead the dough. Just give it a 5 or 6 pulls with your hand.
Hooray, now wasn’t that easy as pie.
However, I will warn you. It does not taste like pie. This play dough is not for eating like this dough, and this dough,
and this dough.
I am not afraid of raw eggs folks.
The Homemade Play dough should be stored in a Ziploc bag and lasts for a long time.
That was 15 minutes well spent.
Pat yourself on the back!
This boy was attacked by his
Don’t anyone go teasing him now.
He’s a sensitive soul, though he seems thick skinned.