Make your Own Playdough

Make your own Playdough

Playdough fun

Given that I have two older children, I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve never made my own playdough before. I was nosing through my "Create With Me Winter 2012 (Volume 2 # 1)"
magazine and it just seemed to easy to pass up.

It’s a fairly simple recipe, I’ve seen it all over the internet.

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups water

1 cup of salt

2 TB canola oil

1 TB cream of tartar + food coloring.

The article calls for rubber gloves so that you don't stain your hands while mixing in the dye. I added the food coloring to the pot prior to cooking it so I didn’t find the gloves  to be necessary.

You can do it several ways. The recipe calls for tossing it all in a saucepan (minus the food coloring) and cooking it over low heat, stirring, until it comes together in a ball. Once it is done and has cooled enough to handle, portion it out and color it individually. (This is when gloves would be a good idea).  My good friend Maleah, suggested otherwise.

I put it all in, including 7 drops of the neon blue food coloring and a couple of drops of mint extract, and then proceeded. It comes together very quickly, although it does go through a gloppy, oh my gosh what is this mess sort of phase along the way.  I love the smell, I love the feel and I love that I know exactly what is in it. We’ll definitely be making this again. The only thing I might try differently next time is how I mix it together. The salt didn't seem like it completely dissolved so I might try mixing it with the warm water first and see how that goes.