Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Make Your Own Playdough

This is a really fun project. My mom made this in the art classes she used to teach and I made batches of it when I worked at the elementary school. It is really easy and fun to make and this is the best recipe for homemade playdough we've found.

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 drops food coloring
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp oil (vegetable)
  • Waxed paper (optional)
  • Ziplock bag
  • 1. Stir the drops of food coloring into the water.

    2. Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a small mixing bowl.

    3. Pour the flour mixture, the colored water and the oil (DON'T FORGET THE OIL!) into a medium sized sauce pan.
    4. Heat on low heat, stirring constantly until the playdough just begins to pull away from the sides of the pot and form a ball. (BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER COOK IT OR IT WILL BURN AND STICK TO THE POT!)5. Pour the warm playdough onto a waxed paper covered surface (or you can just use a counter). Let the playdough cool for a few minutes until it is cool enough to knead. Knead it into a ball. If you are doing this with your children be sure the playdough is cool enough for them to touch before they knead it!
    6. And that's all there is to it! You can make a rainbow of colors! Store your playdough in a ziplock bag or other airtight container and it should last for about a month! You don't need any fancy tools or toys to play with your playdough. The best place to look is your kitchen gadget drawer. A rolling pin and cookie cutters are fun too!

    If you make playdough I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to leave me a comment or a link to your blog if you have one. Enjoy!


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    Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

    I just wanted to add that this playdough will last for a very long time if you keep it in an airtight container. I always used Ziploc bags.

    The other thing about this playdough is that part of the fun is kneading it when it is still warm. I always felt like the warm dough and the motion of kneading was sort of therapeutic to the children. They loved the feel of it.

    I had my third and fourth grade students wanting to work with this dough every week during our free time at the end of class. This project is not just for littles.

    I hope you have fun with the dough!
    Thanks Amanda for sharing the recipe and the photos with other families.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

    Deanna said...

    I second the Thank You!

    You have done a great job with the CM Carnival and I for one have been very blessed.

    You share wonderful inspiration and encouragement :o). Thank You!


    { jamie's cottage } said...

    So fun!