Monday, July 7, 2014

If I can do it...Homemade Playdough

The proverbial pigs have flown.  I made playdough.  In my kitchen.  From ingredients I miraculously had on hand.

As I've written before, once in a blue moon, I feel like getting crafty and Pinteresty.  My sister, who has 3 boys under age 6 [oy vey!], texted me that she had made playdough with her kids.  I was speechless.  Then I laughed.  Then, I figured, hmmmmm... if she can do it in her house of constant mass chaos, then perhaps I can or should.

I quickly scanned the short list of ingredients.  Lo and behold-- I had ALL of them-- even Cream of Friggin' Tartar (from the days, years ago, when I found time to bake cookies).

Interested in trying it out to kill some time this summer?  I promise this really only took about 10 minutes.  One nice bonus is that this playdough contains all food-grade ingredients, so if your kids are like my toddler and need to taste test everything from dirt to dandelions, then this is the playdough for you.

Here are the ingredients & measurements:

(Can't read my scribble?:  2 cups flour, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar.  Stir over low heat).

Dump it all in a big pot on your stove on low heat, and stir.  My 4 year old was a huge 'help' adding the measured ingredients to the big pot...

It thickens really quickly.

Don't take it out to cool until it gets drier (you don't want it too sticky).

Divide into a few clumps and add food coloring.  Note: you need quite a few drops of coloring to make bold, bright colors.  We didn't have much coloring left, so ours well, see below.

That's it!

*Note:  See below for my very pink hands after working the food coloring in.  If you care about the color of your palms-- I clearly don't-- perhaps wear gloves?

Store the playdough in a big air-tight container.  It is so much better and more malleable than store-bought, so I say it's worth the effort.

Extra credit:  Add a few drops of essential oil to the playdough balls.  I added lavender in hopes it would make my kids calm.

Enjoy feeling clever and oh-so-crafty!

~Frantic Mama

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