Friday, May 31, 2013

My favorite Play dough Recipe

DIY play dough recipe

My co- worker gave me this recipe for Play dough and I absolutely LOVE it!  We actually use this recipe exclusively; it comes together in 5 minuets (a total of 15 minuets from start to finish) it has a soft texture and it's all natural.  It lasts for months with proper storing.  And the children can't get enough of it!

1 cup white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 T cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 T vegetable oil
2 t food coloring (this can vary due to how deep a color you want)
Extra flour for kneading

Prep your work table by spreading flour for kneading.

In a medium pot add your dry ingredients.  {I tripled the recipe to make enough play dough for my class of 10.}

Add the wet ingredients and mix together over a medium high heat. {I had my heart set on red but came to find out we didn't have any red food coloring, so I subbed liquid watercolor and it worked fine; I just added a lot more than 2 t, and the color was less vibrant.}

the mixture before I added coloring

It will start to look like a globby mess, this is the halfway- done mark.  Keep mixing!  I was not able to get a picture of this stage due to fear of burning the dough, but you will know this stage once you start cooking!

the dough forms a ball when done cooking

When the mixture resembles dough and can form a cohesive ball, flip out onto your floured surface.  CAUTION: the dough is EXTREMELY hot!  Let it cool before handling.  I give it five minuets to cool while I soak the pot and put away materials.

Begin to knead the dough, adding flour as needed to reduce tackiness.  Once the dough feels silky not gummy, you're done
Place dough in a ziplock bag, squeeze out the air and refrigerate over night.  {This prevents mold growth and only needs to be done the day it's made. After that first refrigeration it can be stored room temperature in the same ziplock bag.}  

I hope you find this useful and fun to make and play!

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