Friday, February 4, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

I just made my 19-month old son some blue playdough and he LOVES it!
Pay no attention to my "sewing room" (a.k.a. dining room) in the background...
It only took me ten minutes to make. Plus, I had all the ingredients on hand.
Here is the recipe I used:
1 cup cold water
1 cup of salt
2 t vegetable oil (I used Olive Oil and it worked out fine)
food coloring (I used the neon colors)
2 cups of flour
2 T cornstarch

Mix the salt, water, oil and food coloring. Add the cornstarch and flour little by little until the mixture resembles bread dough. If it is too sticky, add some extra flour. Store in an airtight container.
I read online that there are many recipes for DIY playdough. This one in particular doesn't require cooking, so it won't last forever. But my son has only played with it for about an hour, and already it has a lot of stuff stuck in it, so I don't think we would want it to last too long! Besides, we can make more fun colors with the next batch! A fun, frugal idea for when you and your kiddos are going stir-crazy on a sub-zero degree day!

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