Monday, March 7, 2011

Homemade Play-doh

What's that mint green blur?

It's homemade play-doh, of course! (Or shall I say play dough, to avoid copyright issues?)

The dough is for a toddler art group to play with at Mississippi Treehouse, where I offer art experiences for toddlers 13 months to three years on Tuesday mornings!

But who is really too old for play dough? This is just like the real stuff so listen up! You'll have it made in ten minutes!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil (olive, vegetable, etc).
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
food coloring (or spices like cinnamon, or powdered kool-aid!) to color.

I doubled the recipe above and it made a six hearty 1/2 cup "servings" to play with. More than doubling it at once is tough; this stuff cooks fast and it would be nearly impossible to stir quickly enough if you trebled or quadrupled it. Better to make a few batches if you need more!

Mix dry ingredients in a pot and stir. Add about half of the wet ingredients (1/2 cup water, 1 tbsp oil)

Stir well (a wooden spoon or spatula works well) and heat stovetop to low. Stir continuously, slowly adding the rest of the wet ingredients. Within minutes the dough will thicken up-before it's too think, it's a good idea to add a few drops of food coloring so you can mix it in while it's still mostly wet and easy to stir. (You can always make plain dough and add different colors at the end when it's done, just knead it in. You'll probably get raw food coloring on your hands, though, which stains. It won't stain once it's integrated.)

Stir, stir, stir! Within about five minutes of turning the heat on your dough will simply firm up and form a ball in the pot. When it feels like, well, play dough, it's done! Take it off the heat, let it cool, and then knead it to make sure there are no flour clumps, etc. Store in an airtight container; it can keep for months+.

I used 8 drops of green coloring and 2 of blue, so if you want your colors to be more intense, you may need to use more than you expect. It wil be sceneted if you used kool-aid or spices to dye it!


1 comment:

  1. We made play-doh when I worked at an art camp!
    I used Kool-Aid but the color was not as vibrant as yours. But it sure did smell fruity. :)