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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fun Kid Activity: Making Play-Dough

Today my boy's and I made some play-dough. Well, Brayden kind of got board with it, but Tristan was all for it. All you need is a few ingredients that you may have around the house and that's it! Don't forget the food coloring. I only had 1 color so blue was all we made today.

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

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,remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your play-dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer! Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.

If you have a problem washing off that food coloring, here is a tip:
Use powder detergent, and put a small amount on to damp hands.
Rub hands together, dry, then under water.
You don't have to scrub as much.


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