Homemade Play dough

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My kids love play dough but I don't really like the smell of the store bought one. My neighbor shared one great homemade play dough recipe so I was going to make that unfortunately, I didn't have Jello in the pantry so I searched for other recipe and decided to follow one posted by The Frugal Girl.

The ingredients: salt, vegetable oil, water, flour, food coloring, cream of tartar

    Let an excited helper do the work:

  Knead the dough

  Then add the food coloring

  Note to self: Do not let a two years old to pour the food coloring unless I want a soggy play dough

    Now the play dough is ready to be used. Yay!!!!

Homemade Play-Dough

1/2 cup salt
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cream of tartar (I got mine from a Target or Walmart)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I use Canola)
food coloring
optional: a drop of your favorite essential oil {I like Eucalyptus or Lavender} 

Mix salt, flour, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan then add water and oil.
Heat and stir over low heat until the dough is pliable 
Let cool for a few minutes then knead until smooth.
Knead in food coloring as desired. 
Store in an airtight container 

Some good suggestions:
  • Add the food coloring to the water that is added and this is much easier than kneading the food coloring into the dough.
  • Try a pack of Kool-Aid instead of food coloring–adds color and fruity scent.
  • If you keep it in a sealed container it will last several weeks, and you can always add a little oil and re-knead if it gets dry.
  • In the winter, it will be fine on the counter, but in the summer keep it in the fridge