Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simple Playdough Tools

We have the BEST recipe for homemade playdough (courtesy of Miss Marjie's ECFE class- see below), and when GrandMama came to visit, she brought a bunch of my old playdough tools! Alexandra and GrandMama had a great time experimenting with texture and impressions. Some of her favorite 'tools' include a pickle strainer, a cake decorating comb, a potato masher and a honey drizzle stick.

Best Play-Dough Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp. cream of tartar (this is the 'preservative' that makes the dough last for a LONG time in the fridge-- like 3-4 weeks!)

3 Tbsp. + 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

2 cups boiling water

1 tsp. food coloring

(optional: a splash of scented extract-- peppermint, orange, root beer, etc. or glitter for some glitzy playdough)

Place dry ingredients in a lg. bowl and mix thoroughly. Boil water. Form a 'well' in the center of the dry ingredients and place oil in the center. When the water begins to boil, add food coloring and stir. Slowly add the hot colored water to the dry ingredients. Stir well using a large spoon until thoroughly mixed. Let dough sit for a few minutes. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes (CAUTION: the dough my still be VERY HOT). You may find it inecessary to add a little flour while kneading (add just enough so that the dough doesn't stick to the counter). Put the dough in a plastic zippered bag, but wait about 30 minutes before sealing the bag to allow for additional cooling. Refrigerate when not in use!

1 comment:

Bloggin BB said...

Can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it! We just made playdough for the first time last week.