Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Playdough or Play-doh? You decide.

I came across this recipe from instructables.com and just had to post it.

One of my most favorite things to make when I was a tot with my mom was Playdough. Yeah, we could go and buy it at the dollar store, but there is a rush when you make your own. Maybe I liked the fact that I could pick the colors.

Regardless, Playdough or Play-doh is fun at any age. Here is how you can make your own.

Brandi* Note: My mom and I used food coloring and didn’t use scents.


How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)
Make your own non-toxic toy with custom colors and fragrances.

Step 1:Ingredients
Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it's so easy to make at home you'll never buy that stinky store variety again.

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix)
scented oils

Step 2: Mix and Heat
Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes. When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer! Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.

I've gotten many comments asking about sticky dough, so please just keep cooking a bit longer and it will work!

Step 3: Knead & Color
Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring. Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it's worked in bare hands are fine.Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color. If you use unsweetened drink mix for color, test on a small ball first- it won't go as far as the "real" food coloring.

Step 4: Play and Store
Play with your playdough- I really don't need to help you there. It's entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it's kid-safe.When you're done store it in an air-tight container. If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over; thankfully it's not terribly difficult.

(Recipe and photo reposted from instructables.com)

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