Homemade Playdough

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A few weekends ago I was avoiding cleaning the house the boys needed something new and different to occupy their time so we decided to make home made playdough!

Yes, we have an entire bin of store bought playdough, but that is not nearly as much fun as making our own!  I pulled up my Crafts for Kids board on Pinterest and we were ready to begin.

We went with the classic playdough recipe from playdoughrecipe.org simply because we didn’t have any Jello to make that version.

Ingredients for this classic playdough recipe:

  • plain white flour – 1 cup
  • salt – 0.5 cups
  • cream of tartar – 2 tsp (you can substitute 2 tbsp of baking soda)
  • water – 1 cup
  • cooking oil – 1 tsp (if you use baking soda, add 1 tbsp of oil instead of 1 tsp)
  • food coloring

Directions for this classic playdough recipe:

  • Mix all the ingredients together with a fork in a mixing bowl until the mixture is smooth and one solid color
  • Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Stir until smooth and then until playdough bunches up to form a ball
  • Take it out of the pan and allow the playdough to cool
  • Knead for a few minutes and store in an airtight container

After I mixed all the ingredients together, it was a smooth texture like this:

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and then as it begin to boil it started to thinken and turned into this:

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We added some food color (as selected by the artists themselves) and soon we were having a great time creating our masterpieces.

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Their ultimate mission ended with creating a long snake that wrapped around the entire kitchen table. It started with this one and then continued on in a variety of colors.

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The playdough was easy to make and provided the boys with several hours of playdough fun!  This is a project we’ll definitely be doing again soon.

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