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How to make playdough
Homemade playdough is a great summer craft! It is easy enough for kids to help with, only takes about 10-15 minutes, and gives you comparable results to store-bought playdough. And the best part is … you probably have all the necessary materials on hand in your pantry.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- food coloring
When in this process you allow your kids to assist is entirely up to you. Younger children can mix dry ingredients, older kids can stir (supervised) at the stove top, and adding food coloring is fun for everyone. My son is under two, so he mainly helps me with the “playing” part. Please supervise your children and use caution with the stove and hot dough.
- Combine all ingredients (except food coloring) in a medium-sized saucepan.
- Stir over medium heat until smooth.
- Stir continuously until the dough balls (about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat.
- When dough is cool enough to handle, knead until smooth.
- Form into a ball.
- Divide into as many colors as you’d like to make. A single batch makes a good amount for four colors.
- Add food coloring to the divided dough. Gel food coloring works quite well. I have not tried liquid food coloring.
- Knead the food coloring into the dough. To protect your counter top, knead over wax paper. To protect your hands, wear plastic or rubber gloves, if you have them (you could also put the dough and food coloring inside a ziplock bag and have the kids squish it around inside).
- When the dough is a consistent color, ball and set aside.
- Repeat with the rest of your colors.
- Put the dough in separate containers. Toddler-sized snack containers are a good size, and I have also wrapped the colors individually in wax paper and stored in zip-lock baggies.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to use. It will stay soft for several weeks if stored airtight.
Hmm … I feel like I’m forgetting the most important step. Oh, that’s right – PLAY!
For more creative goodness visit Homemade By Jill! We hope you liked her homemade play-dough recipe and tutorial.
see all the project so far in the Craft Camp series here!