Monday, February 20, 2012

Play Dough Recipe

When we were toddlers, Mom used to make us homemade play dough all the time. I loved it when she made us a fresh batch and it was still warm when we started molding it into different shapes.

My favorite color was blue. When she brought it into pre-school for everyone, she'd make a quadruple batch of the stuff and it was always a huge hit!

Best of all, it's safe to eat should someone decide to have a little taste. It's way salty, but it came from your cupboards and not a factory, and that makes me feel better about it if a little gets tasted.

We made some for Will to play with right before Andrew was born and he loved it. Even though he was in his high chair (mess control!) he understood pretty quickly that it was play time, not food time. He didn't eat a bite of it!

It was a blast!

Here's the recipe:

Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
A few drops of food coloring
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Add the food coloring to the water, then mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it resembles the consistency of mashed potatoes. (There will be a distinct change, you'll know!) Cool slightly and knead (don't add any extra flour) until smooth. Store in a sealed plastic bag or pyrex so it doesn't dry out - it can last up to a week before it dries out.

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