Cabin Fever Busters: Homemade Playdough
Written by: Beth Cohen Dorfman
My kids, who are 5.5 and almost 8 will still play quietly (and sometimes even collaboratively) with play dough for hours on end. We have a bin full of cookie cutters, rolling pins, old silverware and other accessories.
As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve tried ALL KINDS of homemade play doughs and found THIS to be THE recipe you want. Something about the cooked recipes makes them last longer—and I mean longer. Properly sealed, this dough can last you for months. I also highly recommend investing in high quality gel food colors (available at craft stores and Amazon) as they are less messy, brighter and, well, just plain awesome. Here you go!
• 1 cup water
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1/2 cup salt
• 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
• Food coloring
• 1 cup flour
1 Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
2 Remove from heat and add flour.
3 Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
4 Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
Read more on Family Education. Watch out for next week when I teach you how to make “Edible Water Beads”!
Kid-Tested, Kid Approved! NPNer, Lucas (2) has a blast with this SUPER easy recipe.
Posted on November 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM