Here’s a combination craft recipe and cooking recipe! Home made play dough. This stuff is awesome, it’s my mom’s recipe and I remember many fond hours playing with it as a child. This weekend I shared it with Windsor for the first time.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s cheap and non-toxic (although a bit salty). Which means when Jake eats it, or it gets full of dirt and we throw it away, I really don’t mind. Just be aware that the food dye can stain things if you add too much or don’t mix it in thoroughly.
2.5 cups flour
2.5 cups water
1.5 Tbsp cream of tarter
1.25 cup salt
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
In a medium saucepan mix everything together except the food coloring. Put it over low to medium heat, and start cooking. Stirring. Keep stirring, this doesn’t take long and you don’t want it to burn.
Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring. We did yellow (less likely to stain, but also less fun) and needed almost 20 drops. You’ll need far fewer for blue.
Continue stirring until the dough is thick and begins to gather around the spoon. When it’s so thick you can’t really stir it anymore, remove from the heat and put on a plate to cool.
You can also mix the colors in once it’s cool. But be careful not to get the food dye all over your hands. Once it’s cool you’re good to go! Be sure to store it in an air-tight container or it’ll dry out. And like commercial play dough, this doesn’t dry smoothly. It tends to crack as it goes.
(yes, she does have playdough stuck to her cheek. That’s the sign of a good time!)