Crafty Wednesdays: Homemade Playdough!

Who doesn't love playdough?!  But, I bet you never knew how easy it is to make.  You probably have all the ingredients on-hand in the house already.  Kids will love this super simple activity, and it is great practice for putting math skills to work (measurement)  and following directions (executive function).  So lets get cooking!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring
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 1. Combine all ingredients (except food coloring) in a medium-sized saucepan.

 2. Stir over medium heat until smooth.

 3. Stir continuously until the dough balls (about 1-2 minutes).  Remove from heat.

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  4. When dough is cool enough to handle, knead until smooth.

  5. Form into a ball.

  6. Divide into as many colors as you’d like to make.  A single batch makes a good amount for           four colors.

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  7. Add food coloring to the divided dough.  Gel food coloring works quite well.  I have not  tried liquid food coloring.

  8. 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).

  9. When the dough is a consistent color, ball and set aside.

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  10. Repeat with the rest of your colors.

  11. 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.

  12. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.  It will stay soft for several weeks if stored airtight.

Now just have fun!

Recipe from Homemade by Jill - thank you!