I enjoy making this homemade play dough. My favorite part is creating the colors! The texture is wonderful. You can make several batches in different colors, package them in cute containers and use them for quick, handmade gifts for playmates or birthday parties.
This is a great opportunity to introduce measuring and the color wheel to your children - they can help add the food coloring to discover how colors mix!
Homemade Play Dough
makes about 2.5 Cups
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cups of salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 TB vegetable oil
1/2 TB cream of tarter
*food coloring - I use the liquid kind
Mix all of the ingredients into a saucepan. Add the food coloring to your liking. - Children can help with this step
Adults only -
Set your stove top to medium-low (about a 2.5 on a glass top stove). Stand by the pan and stir occasionally. When the batter look is gone and the ingredients start staying together when you stir (5-8 minutes), remove the pan from the heat. Lay out some wax paper and scoop play dough onto the wax paper. I can usually start kneading right away, but make sure that you check the dough for heat - you don't want to burn yourself!
Once the dough has been kneaded into a nice texture, place in an airtight container or zip lock. The snack sized zip locks work beautifully.
*additional information added June 16th, 2009
New play dough made using Wilson's food coloring gel (the gel makes for extra vibrant colors). I probably enjoyed this project more than the children this time. I was able to get 7 balls of dough by doubling the recipe (found in my projects folder - substitute liquid food coloring with gel food coloring). I used my Magic Bullet to blend the food coloring gel and 3/4 C of 'batter' for each individual color (instead of stirring) and the play dough turned out ultra smooth. Make some summer colors this week for your children to enjoy...Simply Lovely!
I'm more than happy to share this project with you and hope that you enjoy the process of creating! If you liked this project leave me a comment! Thanks so much~ Susannah