Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Homemade Play Dough

play dough, originally uploaded by hobocampcrafts.

hello soon-to-be-spring. hello my birthday month. hello st. Patty. hello play dough.

Monday morning I was feeling pretty good and decided to make my first ever batch of play dough. I was amazed at how easy it was and how much I loved making it! I used a recipe that was taped to the inside of my mother's kitchen cabinet. She was a head daycare teacher for over 15 years, so making play dough was something she did in her sleep. She would get fancy and make it colorful for various holidays. So when I was ready to make some for Hazel, I knew just where to look.This recipe is for the cooked variety, but you can make uncooked as well. It seems cooked may last longer.

2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 cups water ( if adding food color do so to water)
4 TBS cream of tartar
1/4 cup of oil
Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar. Combine water and oil. Gradually stir in water/oil combo.Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough begins to glop together into a ball. Remove from heat and knead. Wait till it cools and you are done! Store in a sealed container. You may keep it in the fridge to prolong shelf life.I picked up some Glad twist tops, which are BPA free to keep this stuff in. Experiment- add sparkly sugar or even glitter.

Note: Hazel is 15 months old today. She still tries to put things like play dough in her mouth- so don't leave your babe unsupervised with this stuff! It is non-toxic but doesn't taste very good- lots of salt blegh!


queenvanna said...

we have home made play dough every day at preschool - the teachers change up the colors, and sometimes add glitter to it - so fun!!

some of the entertainment, too, is what they leave out to poke into the play dough or what to put it in - mini loaf pans, popsicle sticks, various cookie cutters, little plastic bugs or cheese spreaders...
we should make some here at home, i'm gonna put cream of tartar on my grocery list!

Tree Huggin Momma said...

When making dough for children under 5 years old skip the glitter, or sugar. The sparkly might be pretty, but if she rubs her eyes she can do damage.

Hobocamp Crafts said...

Oh I wouldn't put that in for a baby HAzel's age. I didn't even put food dye in it!

Tree Huggin Momma said...

Didn't think you would, given your mother's background in daycare, but I see people give little kids sparkly things all the time, so I thought I would make sure anyone trying your recipe was aware. Have you ever made playdough with Kool-aide? It smells great, and has coloring (but can stain surfaces). I loved making playdough.

Hobocamp Crafts said...

No! I've also never dyed clothing with kool aid- but we did use it once or twice to dye our hair! Before I found Manic panic lol!