Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homemade Play Dough

When the weather isn't ideal for playing outside, play dough is a good alternative :) I do not buy play dough anymore- not after getting a recipe from a homeschooling friend of mine in Louisiana! This play dough is soft, long-lasting and edible (although I wouldn't recommend it!).

The play dough in the picture is over a month old and shows no signs of age, no drying and is as pliable as the day I made it. My daughter likes to add colors to her play dough- this batch started out a cream color and very quickly became a dark green/black!

To make this wonderful sculpting medium, you will need:

1 c flour
1/2 c table salt
2 t cream of tartar
1 c water
1 T cooking oil

Combine all ingredients in a skillet and heat on medium-high heat.

Stir constantly until mixture pulls away from pan and can be formed into a ball.

Turn out onto counter top or cutting board and let it cool a bit, then kneed it until it reaches desired consistency- this won't take more than a minute or two.

You can add essential oils, food coloring, sparkles, etc. anything that might tickle your fancy!

Make sure to store your play dough in an air-tight bag or container to prolong its life.

Enjoy a breather and a cup of tea while the kids use their imaginations :)

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