Project #2: Homemade Play-Dough
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- food coloring
2. Add water and oil and heat over medium-low, stirring constantly.
3. As you stir, the mixture will start to solidify. When you notice it starting to thicken, add food coloring and mix in. It's much easier to add at that stage than waiting until it's totally cooked.
4. Keep stirring. Your arm may start to tire, but within a few minutes the mixture will thicken and start to pull away from the sides of the saucepan. You'll know it's done when it has become a blob of play-dough! It'll be easy to get out of the pan because the dough will want to stick to itself.
5. Set aside to let it cool and then store in an airtight container or plastic Ziplock bag.
This recipe yields about 2 cups of play-dough. I made four batches, each in a different color, and then divided each batch into four half-cup servings.
Here are the things that were great about this:
- It was fast.
- It was easy.
- It wasn't expensive.
- The kids loved it.
- The play-dough is non-toxic.
- I can now make replacement dough for Cranium.
- You get to play with play-dough!