Friday, October 25, 2013

Homemade play-dough

This has been a long time coming. Logan loves play-dough, but leaves it out and it gets dry and we tend to go through lots and lots and lots of play-dough over here. Not an option on my budget. I have pinned at least 10 different blog posts for homemade play-dough and today, finally, tried one- and can totally delete all the other pins now.

I also found a great, useful blog with tons of other great ideas too!

This recipe comes from Erika at Musings from a Stay at Home Mom. (you probably have this pinned too and just haven't tried it yet.....I say again, delete all your other homemade play-dough pins, this one RULES.)

A single batch is about 2 normal or 4 small sized store-bought container sizes. This will be fun for us to play with regularly, but also, the next time I have a kid-party, this is totally gonna be the favor.
My struggle with this first trial batch was the color. I had some candy melt coloring that I used conservatively, but would definitely kick up the color next time- with some all-natural food coloring (beets= red, purple from cabbage, green tea etc...) Promise to try that soon and update the results here!

Here's what you'll need
a 2 qt saucepan
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup room temp water
1 T. vegetable oil
food coloring
wax paper

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl (the flour, salt & cream of tartar.)
Lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter to cool the dough on.
Place the sauce pan over medium-low heat- pour in the water, add the oil- and stir in the bowl of dry ingredients. Keep stirring- it will start to thicken pretty quick. Keep it thickens a bit more (after stirring a minute or 2) add the food coloring....keep stirring.....stir some more.
Stir until it is thick, and gathers around the spoon, clinging to it.
This happens pretty fast, she's not joking when she says it takes 10 minutes to make this stuff.
Transfer the dough to the wax paper to cool.
Once cooled, kneed it a bit to get out any lumpiness and create uniform texture.
Keep in an airtight container.

See Erika's original post HERE and her blog Musings from a Stay at Home Mom that's full of other great ideas as well.

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