Home Made Play Dough

My kids are play dough lovers, but not always so good at remembering to put it away before it dries out.  That’s where home made play dough comes in 🙂  Much less expensive than the store bought stuff and I like to make it nice and soft so my kids can use the noodle making tools on their own.  The recipe I use is a combination from the Feed Me I’m Yours book by Vicki Lansky and a recipe that I picked up at the Early Year’s Centre in Olreans.  Here it is:

Mix in a medium bowl:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup salt ( I found in Ottawa 1/4 cup was enough, but out here on the coast I need closer to the 1/2 mark)
  • 2 Tbsp cream of tartar

Add:

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

Mix with a wooden spoon until it is cool enough to knead with your hands.  At this point I usually have to add a little more flour.  Again, I didn’t when I was in Ottawa, but the maritime environment is just too humid!  I always have to use the max or extra flour in bread recipes too.

Now add the food colouring.  When the kids were little I used to just make it all one colour, but now that Danny is older, he likes to mix colours.  I take the opportunity to divide the play dough to give him the chance to try out a few colour combinations. Today we used Club House Neon liquid food colouring for a fun change.

Thanks to Crayola’s creative colour naming, Danny decided to give them all names.  The blue one is Blue Wave Swirl, the pink one is Pink One’s Kitchen, and the orange one is Orange Trombone Blast.

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