Jul 10

play dough recipe


Monday was one of those crazy days filled with chores but we somehow managed to have a little fun in there too. I whipped up a batch of homemade play dough for the kids to play with, mostly Job, but we let Ruthie play a little too. They loved it. It provided lots of entertainment while I got some things done. IMG_9446 I found a great tutorial over at Skip to my Lou and with a few changes, this is what I came up with…

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup sea salt (really, any salt will do, that’s just what I had on hand)
  • gel food coloring (again, any food coloring will work, but the gel makes for much brighter colors)
  • glitter (optional)

In a medium sauce pan mix together all of your ingredients before putting it on the heat! This is were I messed up and as you can tell in the pictures, by dough turned out a little lumpy. You have to mix it together before adding it to the heat so you can stir it constantly once it is on the heat.

Once you have your ingredients mixed well in a sauce pan, put your pan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon continuously. Keep stirring. It will begin to thicken, keep stirring. After about 2 minutes it should start to form into a ball (meaning sticking all together.) It will look lumpy, but once it starts to stick to the spoon, remove the pan from the heat.

IMG_9419 Let the dough cool a bit. Once you can handle it, knead it for a minute or two, just to smooth the dough out and then form it into a ball. Cut the ball into however many colors you want to make. I chose to make 4 colors with this batch, but you could do 3-5 and have a good amount of dough for each color.

IMG_9423 To color the dough simply add a little food coloring to the dough and knead it in. I would recommend using rubber gloves here is you have them or your hands will look like mine in the following picture. But its not too bad to have colorful hands for a day. IMG_9435 Once you have mixed in your food coloring, feel free to mix in a little glitter as well. Just knead in whatever glitter you have on hand. I used Martha Stewarts Yellow Gold glitter. It’s super fine and I love the color, but really, any old glitter with do. Look at that pretty play dough.  IMG_9516 This dough stores great in a mason jar for up to a month! Just make sure its sealed tight. It will get a little dry on the outside, but it get’s super soft again with just a little kneading.

IMG_9499 So next time you have 20 minutes to spare, whip up a batch of this play dough for your little ones. It is sure to please.


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