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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


kids in the kitchen :: play dough!

the way i see it, anything that happens in our kitchen is fodder for this blog. and just the other day we made our very own Play Dough. last December we gave some of it to every kid on our list. this is a great recipe for it. i once had someone tell me that it was a little too much work to make their own play dough. to which i have 2 things to say:
1. seriously?

2. it's worth it because it lasts a long time before drying out (no matter how well you store it) and it's a great texture. it's how play dough should be.

(okay, i guess for some who aren't into cooking, baking or creating in the kitchen it could be a little challenging to think of cooking a kid's toy.....but only a little.)
here's the recipe:

1 cup salt
2 cups water
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbs. oil
2 cups flour
assorted food coloring (i used oil-based as opposed to water--i find you get a richer color with this stuff)


1. bring water to a simmer in a medium pan. add salt to dissolve.

2. add cream of tartar, oil and flour.

3. cook over medium heat until mixture thickens to theconsistency of play dough.

4. after it has cooled, knead in the colors of your choice.

5. store in airtight containers so it doesn't dry out!


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Blogger slush said...

Love it! And while I admit we have tons of the brand name, bc our families seem to buy it for every stinkin holiday out there, I have made the homemade stuff before. Its not hard, and it is better!

January 31, 2008 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Duds said...

Someone said that was hard? For reals?? The only thing that would be hard about making this stuff would be resiting the temptation to put it in my mouth and make it squish out from the holes between my teeth. FUN.

February 2, 2008 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous KN said...

Homemade playdough…ahhhh, the memories! As far as I recall, this was the only type in my house. I did many-a-school projects with this stuff, as well. Always to the great amazement of my classmates. Of course, I also remember eating it, which is why I believe I can't stand sourdough bread to this day. :)

February 3, 2008 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger sari said...

Oh I love homemade playdough, thanks for the recipe!

February 4, 2008 at 2:18 PM  

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