Monday, January 21, 2013

Homemade Playdough

Have you ever made homemade playdough?  You should!  With a few common ingredients found in your pantry and 10 minutes, you'll be whisked right back into your childhood.  I whipped up a batch this week for Baby A, and it reminded me of the countless number of batches I've made with the boys.  Of course you can buy it, but making it yourself is a great way to incorporate a bit of science, math, language, cooking and art-of course.

I use a simple recipe that needs to be cooked on the stovetop, but there are many that don't require cooking.

You will need:

homemade playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a soft ball forms.  Knead until smooth.  Allow playdough to cool.  Store in an airtight container for a few weeks.

homemade playdoughOf course I made pink.  Is there any other color for the family's only girl?  Baby A was a little reluctant to get messy, but I modeled making shapes and it kept her pretty entertained.  I look forward to making many more batches of homemade playdough with my favorite girl.

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