Last weekend I made play dough for the kids. I used to make play dough for the boys all the time, do I decided it was time to make some for Thing 4. However, I was not allowed to just make some for her, I had to make it for all the kids. Best decision ever. The kids played with it for hours the first day, and they have spent a little bit of time every day since then playing with it. We even had friends over on Friday and the kids spent some time playing with the play dough then.
I have found that homemade play dough is softer and last way longer than the store-bought stuff. I know the kids like the fact that they can choose their colors. Also, if you are one of those “weird” people who doesn’t like the smell of the store-bought stuff, this doesn’t have that smell. You can actually add essential oil or extracts to the dough to make it smell however you like. Many years ago at Christmas time I added peppermint to the play dough I made for the boys.
Without further ado, here is the recipe that I used for homemade play dough.
Homemade Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (found in the spices)
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil (I used olive oil because that is what I had)
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Use the amount of food coloring to get the color you want. The final product will be slightly darker than the color in the bowl.
2. In a saucepan on low to medium heat, pour in the mixture. Stir until the mixture starts forming one big lump.
3. Take the lump of dough from the pan and place it on a piece of wax paper. Knead the dough until it is well mixed.
4. Let cool before storing in an air tight container.