August 1, 2012

Homemade Playdough

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I couldn't resist to throw this playdough recipe into the mix.  After all this playdough that you can make in your own kitchen in 10-15 mins is cooked.  And it totally kicks ass compared to the stuff you pay pretty big bucks to buy:  it's absolutely safe with no weird chemicals, it feels great, it lasts long and you can decide the colors.  If your kid eats it, no problem, it's just very very salty.  

My little girl loves to help me to make the playdough and then we spend long hours making colorful playdoughy cakes and pizzas for all the stuffed critters in the house. (The lil' zebra above is one of her favorites and we are having a birthday party for him.)  So why not try it?  It's so easy and fun and you can save a bundle!

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Homemade Playdough Recipe
(see original recipe here) (Prep time: 5 mins  Cook time: 10 mins)



I get the cheapest flour and salt for this since it's not for eating.  Mix all the ingredients except the food coloring into a small pot and stir over low heat, making sure to scrap the bottom and sides often.  Keep stirring.  The dough will thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.  When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and becomes one mass in the middle, remove from heat and let cool.  

When cool enough to handle, separate into however many equal sized pieces you want to make (i.e. how many different colors you want).   We made four equal sized balls and pressed a well into center of each.  Add 6 drops of food coloring to each well (with extra 6 red drops for the pink.)  Carefully fold the food coloring into the dough.  Knead and fold until the color is even throughout and you're done!

This playdough lasts for months and months, just be sure to put it away in a airtight container when you're done playing with it.  If it gets a bit dry just moisten your hands with water and knead the playdough until it reaches the right consistency.  Have fun!

Here's another fun kid project:  Making your own Tiny Easter Eggs



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