Making Play Dough For The First Time

When you find yourself filling up whole Pinterest boards with something, you know the Universe is trying to drop you a hint.  In this case, the Universe’s profound message to me was: make a batch of play dough!

It was just as easy as everyone says, and even more sensorily delicious.  I fell asleep last night remembering the exquisite sensation of gently kneading the soft warm dough with the heels of my hands… Ahh, small pleasures.  :-)

As a bonus, you the children get to play with it afterwards!

We followed Tinkerlab’s method:

Recipe

  • 2 ½  cups flour
  • 1 ¼ cup salt
  • 2 ½  cups water
  • 1 ½  tbsp cream of tartar
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Food colouring

What You Do

1. Mix all the ingredients except the food colouring in a big pot.

2. Cook on a low heat, stirring often.

3. When the mixture starts to come together into a dough-y consistency, check it with your fingers.  If it doesn’t feel gooey, it’s ready.

4. Knead it on a surface that won’t stain from food colouring.
5. Divide it and colour each part separately (if you want more than one colour).  We divided it into four.

Extra Fun

Chocolate Orange Play Dough – It seems your imagination’s the only limit when it comes to what you can add to play dough.  Inspired by The Imagination Tree we added cocoa powder to ours, and also extract of orange – chocolate orange play dough – yum!

Sparkles – we couldn’t find the glitter, so we added sparkly stars.

Lemon Play Dough – we added lemon extract to our yellow play dough.  Gorgeous!

How do you like your play dough?

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