Thursday, March 1, 2012

Home made Play dough

After a futile search for my son's box of store bought Doh, I decided to take matters in my own hands, literally, and make our own. I had made a batch many years ago and knew what a potential mess we were in for, and yet, I still opted to make it.

Step 1) re-research ingredients.

 youtube is always me first stop when looking for a hands-on activity, and it didn't disappoint.
I let my son decide which link to click on and he chose  . (There are many different kids recipes on this site, we may be back soon.)

The recipe calls for:

2 cups plain flour
2 cups water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup salt

*(Wear gloves when kneading color into dough. If you have no gloves, use toothpaste to get the stains off your hands.)
step 2)  add ingredients into a COLD pan, stir til mixed, THEN put heat on low.

Step 3) Stir Continuously,
 until a large firm ball of dough is formed.
( I needed help stirring toward the end as it got really tough)

 (The pan looked a mess, but that's science for ya)

 The dough ball was warm and very pliable, and a bit sticky!

step 4) Place dough on a clean surface you don't mind getting messy.
Knead dough until it is smooth and firm.

5)Break into smaller balls of the size you want to use.

We got six with ours.

6)Place dough onto baking paper to protect surface from coloring.
Poke holes in center and add coloring, a few drops go a long way.
(Be sure to wear plastic gloves if you don't want perma- stained fingers )
Squish dough to spread color evenly.

7) Play with dough as usual, then store in baggies or other container to keep in moisture,
and keep in a place where it won't get lost, like ours :)

Hope this was helpful and fun to see, we sure enjoyed making it!

Have a fun day=)
Lori LC


  1. I used to enjoy making mine with Kool-Aid. It was colorful and it smelled wonderful!

  2. Hmm..looks like something new to try next time :) thanks for the fun tip,Cindy!