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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Softest Play-Dough In The West

I'm kind of a Scrooge when it comes to play-dough. I have to admit I hate the stuff. It's selfish really. Play-dough is messy, you have to make sure kids don't eat it, it's something you have to play WITH them, and it's SO messy! That being said, I know that kids love it. I have gotten better. I just prepare myself for the task by setting aside a good chunk of time I can dedicate to playing with it with her, and clean up. I've made a few different homemade play-doughs and this is my favorite.

5 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbsp alum or cream of tartar
6 Tbsp oil
4 cups boiling water
* To make colored play-dough - add food coloring to the water, or powdered tempura to the flour.

Boil water. Add oil. Stir in dry ingredients and mix well. Knead until soft. Store in an air tight container for months.

2 comments:

Visiting Teaching said...

I love this recipe. I use it for my nursery class and it has lasted for at least 2 months just kept in a yogurt container!

KSGirl said...

I used to add mint extract or vanilla extract to this too... makes it smell good, but then the kids do want to eat it so it is a trade off. Here's my tip to a little less stress with the play dough. I bought the biggest cheapest vinyl tablecloth I could find and would put it on the floor and had the kids play on the table cloth. Most of the play dough stays on the table cloth and when you are done playing you can pick the table cloth up and shake the scraps outside. I had two houses with NO hard surface floors when my kiddos were little... I REALLY hated playdough.
Aunt Carol