Thursday, April 11, 2013

Homemade Playdough

This time of year can be so hard.  Summer feels so close, yet so far away.  We have been lucky with quite a few nice days this spring, but there have still been plenty of days spent cooped up in the house.  On one such day I needed something to entertain my boys to keep me, uh them from going stir crazy.  This play dough did the trick.  It kept them entertained for hours.  And the best part is it takes less than 10 minutes to make.  In fact, it was so easy that I ended up making three batches just so there was plenty to go around.  It has been played with almost every day for a few weeks now and it is still as soft and pliable as the day I made it.   Next time you find your self cooped up in the house try making a batch and see if it doesn't keep your family entertained, or at least save your sanity!
 

 Homemade Playdough
 1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1/3 Cup Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring
In a medium sauce pan mix everything together, except the food coloring.  Cook over medium heat, stirring continually.  As the mixture just begins to thicken add the food coloring until you achieve your desired color.  Continue stirring until the play dough thickens and begins to gather around your spoon. It should look like play dough at this point.  Remove from the pan and cool.  Once the play dough is cool enough to handle you can squish it around a few times to remove any remaining lumps.  Store in a zip lock bag or airtight container.  Have fun and Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from musingsfromasahm.

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