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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Homemade playdough fun

I was at a party a few weeks ago and met a lovely Australian woman and her husband, both of whom are bakers. I love meeting fellow bakers. It's not often that I find others who bake from scratch. But of all the things we could have discussed, we discussed the intricacies of making homemade playdough. She asked me to post a recipe on my blog.

If you have never made your own playdough, now is the time to start. Homemade playdough will last for years. Seriously. Just keep it in an airtight container. It is far more malleable than purchased playdough, you can play around with the colors and your children can help you make it.

Katherine was home sick from school with a cold today and we haven't made playdough in a long time, so we set to making it. This is how you do it.


3 cups of flour
3 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
food dye - Katherine chose blue


Pour the flour into a pot.

Pour in the water.

Add the salt.

Add the cream of tartar.

Add the oil.

Stir all the ingredients together.

Set the pot over medium heat.

Make sure your helper squirts the food dye into the pot, not directly at you as happened to me today!

Continue cooking until all the ingredients stick together and all the water is absorbed. Don't worry if the food dye is not perfectly distributed.

Remove from the heat and transfer the dough into a container.

Let cool slightly before removing and kneading it to form smooth dough.

Try not to let older siblings who haven't helped make the playdough create cool birthday cakes like this.

It makes the younger sibling who helped make the playdough upset and then you'll be left dealing with sibling rivalry and all that. And then you'll have to write another post about sibling rivalry when you really only set out to write a simple post about making homemade playdough.

Do you make playdough with your children? Do your younger ones have a hard time not being able to do everything their older sibling does?

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At October 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

This post is great Anne! I was going to do one like this, but I am glad you did it for me! Ha! I like making my own playdough because it is safer. Great pictures! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

At October 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Burciko said...

Hi! Thanks for the follow! Now I follow back! ;)

At October 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Aging Mommy said...

That sounds like a really fun thing to do! I think we might have to try this - although flour and my daughter are a recipe for lots of mess!


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