Saturday, June 12, 2010

homemade play dough

do you ever wonder why
store-bought "play-doh"
smells so weird?
then quit buying it!!
make your own... it's easy & fun.

homemade play dough
2 cups flour
2 cups hot water
1 cup salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
~stir all ingredients over medium heat until very thick.
~remove from heat. 
~once the dough has cooled a bit, knead until smooth.
~add food coloring and knead into dough until uniform in color.
~store in an airtight container.
kinda thick.........................very thick

note about adding color:
i use gel food colors, but any kind will work.
i always try to smear the color inside the dough,
minimizing the amount that gets on my hands.
the kids protest (they want to do it all),
but i give it a few good smooshes
before handing it over for them to knead.
please be cautious with your countertops & clothing.

i'm guessing that many of you are thinking,
"that's cool and all, but i don't have young kids."
well, may i suggest that you
◄ make some just for yourself ►
play dough is fun for everyone - even you.
i bet you have a few kitchen gadgets
that would be perfect for play dough:
garlic press
cookie cutters
egg slicer

here's another reason to make it
even if you don't have young kids:
◄ send it to your favorite kid ►
can you imagine how happy they will be?
maybe throw in a couple of the above mentioned gadgets.
you can declutter your kitchen drawer AND make someone's day.


Emily said...

I have not made homemade play dough in years! Thanks for bringing back the memories! And are such a great mom Catie!

martha said...

Me too, Catie and Em-used to make it all the time for the girls-made pastel colors,,,,we had cookie cutters galore-even fun seasonal ones....HOURS of fun for ALL!
Peter got some of that too, but not as MUCH as the girls ....ah well..the 3rd in line.........

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