Play dough has been a rock star in our house. Abigail enjoyed play dough off and on during her toddler years. Then shortly after her 4th birthday something magical happened... You Tube.
It altered my play dough reality. In my world, we made snakes and flowers. On an adventurous day, we attempted to use a cookie cutter. But, in today’s world there are so many fun play-dough kits. You can make fun foods or elaborate princess dresses.
We took our You Tube inspiration with a little help from Amazon Toys and we created our own world, and a 56-Quart bin full of play dough toys.
Play dough was a must on our weekly shopping trips, until we just started making our own. It’s such a wonderful activity to do as a family, (even when the two year old decides to mix all of the colors). We never run out of ideas or get bored.
Now there are so many play-dough recipes on the internet. I grew up making “flour+water+salt=dough.” But, a sister told me about cooking the dough, and I thought, “of course!” Cooking the play-dough requires a lot less flour, and with the addition of cream of tartar and vegetable oil, the play-dough became more pliable, less sticky, and lasted longer. I didn’t mind using the stove-top, but http://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough/ had a great suggestion. They used boiling water instead of cooking the dough. I haven’t tried, but since our recipes our similar, I wanted to give them a shout-out. They have great kid activities. My batch is smaller than most recipes. I find my kids tend to let it dry out. They assume mom “took care” of it. So, I’d rather save ingredients and make again. Plus half the fun is the making it.
So make sometime with your kids tonight; see who can make the longest snake and who can be the most creative.
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1. Mix everything, except the food coloring and glitter, in a pot. Heat on medium.
2. Stir constantly. It should go from sticky to lumpy to smooth.
3. Remove from pot onto clean surface. The dough will be hot.
4. When it’s cool enough for you to handle, divide the dough into the number of colors you have. I did 5.
5. Pick your desired colors and add enough food coloring and glitter to achieve playdough-perfection.