Play Dough!

Smooch's first encounter with play dough
 Making your own play dough is so easy and cheap, I can't imagine ever buying it again!   Smooch and I had great fun making this together, and she had a blast playing with it for the first time.  At first, she wasn't really sure what to do with it, but as I showed her how to press in the cookie cutters, and use the rolling pin to flatten it, she began to try and do it herself.  Of course, she also tried to eat it, but it is so salty, that she was completely put off and didn't try again!
Here is the recipe my mom used for us kids growing up.
 We used to love sitting on the countertop next to the stove, helping mom measure and stir the ingredients.  
first tentative touches

2 cups water
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 heaping tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp. oil
food colouring of your choice

Mix everything together in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat 4-6 minutes, until mixture forms a ball and sticks together. Knead well, as it cools.

Store in Tupperware or Ziploc bags.  Will last for 3-4 weeks, until it dries out.  Then make some more in a different colour!

This makes a big mound of play dough.  I halved the recipe and it still made a lot more than the two of us could use at one time.  

getting the hang of it!

1 comment:

  1. Just made this today for my kids! Thanks for posting the recipe, EJ. Miss you!