Play dough has always been my nemesis.
I love for my son to play with it. He is always so excited when we pull out the box of play dough cookie cutters, rollers, and toys. But it’s one of those things that’s so expensive, I almost feel like he might as well be playing with a Sharpie!
A fly on the wall might hear me snapping orders to him like “Don’t mix the colors!” “We can only play with 1 at a time!” “Don’t leave it out of the container!” I’ve become so obsessive over making sure he doesn’t ruin the play dough that I almost wondered if it lost it’s appeal!
That was until 1 normal afternoon when I was dropping off my boys at their NaNa’s.
I was heading to a church meeting and only had a few minutes to chat, and as I was attempting to fill her in on who had eaten last and when the last bottle was, she decided to keep the Little Man entertained by whipping up a batch of play dough (at his request!).
Within 5 minutes, he was standing at the counter playing with his own large, green ball! My jaw almost dropped!
Since then, I’ve never been back to the wall of Target dreaming of the multitude of colors my son could be playing with, but we couldn’t afford. Now, whenever the play dough runs low, I whip up another batch, and let the imagination set in!
Although it seems like there’s a majority of mamas who know about this little secret, I clearly wasn’t one of them! And since I didn’t know about it, I thought there was a possibility you didn’t know about it either! So, today I’m sharing with you 6 simple steps on how to make your own play dough!
All you need is 10 minutes of time, a few simple kitchen ingredients (I bet you already have!), and food coloring of your choice. You can even get a little crazy and grab some glitter.
6 Simple Ingredients:
1/2 c. salt
1 c. flour
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tarter
1 Tbsp. Vegetable (or Canola) Oil
1 c. water
6 Simple Directions:
1) Combine salt, flour, cream of tarter, and oil in a medium sauce pan.
2) Add water and oil and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
3) Add food coloring to make the color of your choice. (Hint: Not sure the right combination of drops to make a color? Most food coloring boxes will tell you formulas on the back!)
4) Dough will begin to harden becoming more of a solid as you stir. (Warning: It will feel like you’re stirring for awhile with nothing happening, and then within a period of about 20 seconds your ball will start to form!)
5) As soon as you have a solid mass, immediately remove from stove.
6) Use your hands to continue to kneed dough into a smooth ball of dough.
In the kneeding stage, you can add more food coloring or glitter to make your play dough colorful and sparkly!
If you want to give your play dough a scent, simply add a little lemon or orange extract in step #2.
The best part about homemade play dough is it actually lasts a lot longer than real play dough when exposed to the air. Simply store in an air-tight container or Ziplock baggy, and anytime you’re ready to play with it, take it out!