*New* Craftacular: Homemade Play Dough

Riley goes through play dough like nobody’s business. She mixes all the colors, drops most of it on the floor, and then leaves it out to get nice and hard and tossed in the trash. So instead of buying her more I made her some fresh play dough like we used to make for school projects and such. I made it while she napped and was still coloring it when she awoke so she helped me a bit with that step. She immediately took it outside and played with it for quite a while, although I should tell you now, all the colors have become one big mass. Ehh, who cares.

Ingredients (recipe adapted from instructables.com)

2 cups flour

2 cups warm water

1 cup salt

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix)


Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes. When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer.
Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring. Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter.

It’s entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it’s kid-safe. When you’re done store it in an air-tight container. If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability.


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