Homemade Play Dough
When the supply list came home for back to school and it said Play Doh (homemade is preferred) I had a moment of panic. Homemade Play Dough? Really, that doesn’t sound like something I should attempt. Well, after scouring the internet and reading blogs and reviews, I put on my Pinterest Mom Pants and went for it! … and guess what? IT’S EASY, turns out PERFECT, and uses pantry staple ingredients!
What you need:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 c. salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil (canola or vegetable)
- 1 cup cold water
- Food coloring as desired
- Latex gloves (if you don’t want food colored finger nails!)
Now, lets make some play dough
In a medium sauce pan, mix everything except food coloring. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes or until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Once it starts to thicken, you will want to switch from a whisk to a wooden spoon. It will be MUCH easier to move around the pan! The dough will have the consistency of mashed potatoes and become very hard to stir. Make sure it is stiff and set.
Remove from the heat and turn out to a clean, dry surface. Allow to cool for 1 minute. At this point, I would recommend throwing the gloves on to keep those hands clean and dye free! Add food coloring to tint as desired. To attain a rich deep color I suggest a good quality gel food color. Don’t be afraid to add a lot. It will take more than you think to get a vibrant color. Knead the coloring into the dough for several minutes to distribute color and cool dough.
Allow dough to completely cool, uncovered, for an hour. Knead occasionally to keep it from drying out on the surface. Store in an air tight container.
While the ingredients are non-toxic, given the high salt content, please do not eat the dough!
📌 Pin HERE for later!