PLAY DOUGH

this classic childhood play material is so easy to make at home that you’ll never want to buy it again! It is best to start just with your hands and imagination (without shop-bought tools and cutters) to encourage maximum sensory experience: poking, pulling, pushing, patting, picking up and squishing bits and combining, rolling and beginning to create simple things like peas or balls, little pots and containers, a dog or a person …

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

Optional:   – food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar drink mix)
– scented oils

Cooked Play Dough – can last for up to 6 months, when wrapped and kept in the fridge

3 cups flour
1 cup salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
optional:              Food coloring, etc

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Blend water and oil together in a bowl. Add to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add several drops of food coloring until you get the right color. Cook for about five minutes. Take the play dough out of the saucepan and put it on a cutting board or counter and knead for a few minutes. Add flour if it’s too sticky.

This play dough should last around three months if you keep it sealed in an airtight container or plastic ziplock bag. It’s so smooth and fun to play with when it’s still warm.

No Fuss Play Dough

1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Optional:             Food coloring, etc

In a large bowl, mix together water, salt, oil and a few drops of food coloring. Mix flour and cornstarch and add 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly (you may need a little more or a little less than 2 cups flour so make sure you stir in until it is the right consistency). Knead for a few minutes with flour on your hands.

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