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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Homemade Play Dough



Store bought play dough is fun to play with but you can make your own at home for less 
and part of the fun is making it with the kids.  Here is a easy to follow recipe that can be 
made on the stove or in the microwave:

* 1 cup of flour
* 1 cup of water
* 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
* ½ cup of salt
* 1 tablespoon of oil
* Food coloring (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a pot or microwave safe dish and mix until it is lump-
free.  Then on the stove stir over low heat until the mixture starts to thicken being 
careful that it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom.  Stop when it is the consistency you 
want for the play dough.  When making the play dough in the microwave cook it in 
small increments on a lower power setting.  Take it out and stir at least every 45 
seconds.  Again, you are done when the play dough has reached the desired 
consistency.



Let the children play and build whatever they want.  If they don’t already have toys 
designated for play dough let them use some kitchen utensils such as cookie cutters 
and a rolling pin.  It is food safe and easy to clean-up afterwards.

If something is sculpted or made that the child is particularly proud of, set it in the 
sun for a day or two and let it dry out.  It should harden nicely and they will be able to 
keep it for some time.

Charge the children to use the dough to find different textures around the house or 
outside.  Gently press the play dough into the textured surface and see if the children 
can guess what it came from (like the bottom of a shoe or a cheese grater).

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