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!

Materials

•   1 cup water

•   1 tablespoon vegetable oil

•   1/2 cup salt

•   1 tablespoon cream of tartar

•   Food coloring

•   Saucepan

•   1 cup flour

Directions

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