Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

We love play dough! The possibilities for play with play dough are endless!! And I have to tell you that we have tried many recipes, and until I came across this one from The Imagination Tree (which I tweaked a little), I really would prefer to buy it. It's either too sticky, too flakey, too pasty or or just plain gross. But this recipe is pretty perfect!

What you need:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I actually left this out and like it even better!)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar 
  • 1 and a half cups of boiling water
  • food coloring (optional) I used a packet of Kool Aid which adds awesome color and a wonderful smell!! 
What to do:
  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool Aid in a large mixing bowl.
  2. If you use food coloring instead of Kool Aid, mix it in the boiling water now then add the water to the mixing bowl. 
  3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
  4. Take it out of the bowl and knead it continuously until it os no longer sticky. Make sure you knead until it becomes the right consistency.
  5. If it is still sticky, add more flour, a pinch at a time, until it is right. 
  6. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry and dark place. We keep ours in the art room in the basement. I have tried keeping play dough in the fridge and in my opinion it gets too cold and wet-ish which makes it a little slimy. 
Our friend Cooper helped us stir the dry ingredients
Then she kneaded the play dough 

Then she pounded the play dough ;)

Beansie said "I like pinching the play dough.
It makes skinny pieces."

Ways you can play with play dough:
  1. use cookie cutters 
  2. make snowmen
  3. use sticks
  4. bury rocks
  5. use textured materials to make imprints (pipe cleaners, shells, coins)
  6. make snakes
  7. use forks, spoons and knives
  8. connect balls of play dough with twigs 
  9. roll play dough in snake shapes and make letters and numbers and words
  10. make various sizes of balls to teach small, medium and large or small, smaller, smallest
  11. pretend play (make breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  12. use stamps without ink
Get creative!! There are so many different ways to play with play dough!! 

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