Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Play Dough Recipe

Most kids love play dough.  My just-turned-five-year-old is no exception.  It might be obvious to you what he is making.  But I had to ask.What little boys make with playdough“Mom,” he said, “dese are tanks an’ artiwery and d’ey’re having a battle!” 

I knew that.  

Heh-hem.   Anyways…

I love the smell of new Play-Doh.  And the feel of its soft smoothness in my fingers.  However, I usually have the worst luck trying to keep store-bought play dough (of any brand) fresh.  Often, it turns sticky or hard long before I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth. 

So when I began working with children, I experimented with different recipes for homemade play dough.  Many of you probably have a recipe tucked away.  But I wanted to share mine for those who don’t, or who have one which doesn’t work well. 

With this recipe, I could make a batch of homemade play dough at the beginning of the school year and it would stay soft and workable (without getting sticky) pretty much indefinitely.  I’d keep it until I imagined the germies from all those little fingers were breeding like bunnies.  :)   

It’s quick, easy, uses things most of us have on hand, and cheap to make!

Homemade Play Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 T or less oil
  • 2 t cream of tarter
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (if desired)

Stir over heat until it pulls from the sides of the pan, then turn it onto a piece of aluminum foil to cool. Store it in an air tight container.

You can read lots of cool stuff about Play-Doh at How Stuff Works. They even refer to the same ingredients that I've posted. They said the cream of tarter acts as a stiffener. I always wondered why cream of tarter was called for!

Saving a little money, having fun in the kitchen with your kids, and ending up with something that they’ll play with for countless hours-on-end definitely works for me! 

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Just Jennifer said...

I can't stand the smell of playdough. It's actually so bad that it can make me gag. Great for the kids, as long as they don't go anywhere near me with it. LoL

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

Oh, I haven't made homemade play dough in years! I need to do that for mu littlest!!

Amy said...

Is it me or is that mischievious??? :)

I have this recipe.-- have yet to make it tho.

Amy said...

I think I misspelled that word...

mischievous*-- there, I feel better. ;)

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Thank you for posting this! I lost my recipe in my move and I've been meaning to look for one online. This one has pretty much all the same ingredients as the one I used to make. Thanks!