Monday, March 19, 2012

Playdough!

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Homemade playdough!
We had more snowy, cold spring days again this weekend.  The kids were off from school for a 3 day stretch due to in-service on Friday so it was the perfect chance to try out this discovery I made on Pinterest.  I am really enjoying finding all kinds of tidbits from other's journeys around the web.  There is something very appealing about following your whims and seeing some great ideas and writing that others on the web produce that I never would have otherwise.  If you would like an invite to join Pinterest just post a comment below with your email address and I will happily send you one.

Custom color mixing and getting it "just right"
This playdough project and recipe is inspired by Missy's post here.  We have made our own homemade play products in the past like when we did something similar to Nickelodeon Gak at home which was tons of fun. My little kids are 10 and 7 but they still very much enjoy playing with playdough and being able to mix and blend custom colors was very satisfying for them both.  For the deeper colors we measured the food coloring in large squirts, not drops, so be sure you have plenty of it on hand if you want rich colors.  The playdough does darken slightly when cooked.

The playdough is done when it forms together
The texture cannot be beat.  Once it is cool enough to handle comfortably the job of kneading it all together was exactly how you would expect playdough to feel - squishy without being sticky, smooth, and very hard to stop.  It rolled out easily and our play tools we had worked just as well with this homemade version as the purchased product.  The recipe makes enough to push into a pint sized canning jar, so clean out a few of them and make several colors.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did!




Playdough
Homemade playdough that is quick, easy, and feels so irresistible. Create your own custom color blends.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • food coloring as much as you want, start with a few drops
Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small pot. Make sure all flour lumps are removed - not to be confused with bits of salt.
  2. Put your pot over a medium flame and stir with a spoon until it is all thick and comes together in a ball. The dough will darken a little and has a slightly rubbery texture. There will not be any more shiny wet spots when it is done.
  3. Move to a piece of wax paper and let it cool until it can be handled comfortably. Knead it well 10 - 15 times, finalizing the color and texture.
  4. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 cups

PS - Cleanup on this is very easy despite how sticky it all looks. Soak your pan and spoon in soapy water for a few minutes and it all washes right up.