22.12.10

Easy Play Dough, Playdough, Play-doh!


I am not reinventing the wheel here-
This is a perfect rainy day (in my case) / snowy day (perhaps in yours?) project.  
It takes less than twenty minutes to make and I have seen both monkeys and adults alike, spend hours playing with this-
We used food coloring, counting the drops and experimenting with color intensity-
Great opportunity to talk about primary and secondary colors- 

Questions to consider while creating:
What measurements are we using to make the dough? Which is the tablespoon? Which is the cup?
What combination of colors would you use to make this color?
What materials (medium) are we using to create?
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)

The recipe to yield six big balls-
flour- 4 cups
warm water- 4 cups
salt- one cup
creme tartar- 2 tablespoons
Oil- 2 tablespoons



This is the easy part: Mix all together in a handled pot and stir over medium heat for about ten minutes- 
constantly stirring- don't stop!
Then toss it into a metal mixing bowl with flour on the bottom and as soon as it cools enough to separate  knead each piece with a bit of flour until you get the consistency you desire. Then add color.

If you have pets you need to be careful that they don't eat this- because of the salt in the dough they mistake it for people food and obviously it could make them sick =:(

32 comments:

this free bird said...

This is awesome!! My mom totally made our play dough when I was a kid, ahem, 5 years ago. hehe

xo,
C

Claire Kiefer said...

Okay so I don't even have kids and I'm considering making this. :)

Jude said...

I want to make this for myself now - LOL! I *loved* playdough as a kid (I still am one)! You guys got such great colours out of yours too :)

sherri said...

must make! new header - I like! Happy holidays to you and yours!

CHECKS AND SPOTS said...

Can't wait for our little boy to be big enough to have a play with this (really it's just an excuse for me to roll up my sleeves and have fun!)
x

Andrea said...

Ooh this looks fun though I have to find creme tartar in France. Perfect too for a rainy day :) xx

Jacqui said...

Always love a playdough day! I like to cut it up into worms with scissors :)
xxx

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

I think I know somebody that will like to try ;) Thanks for the "recipe".

And... Merry Christmas

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

How fun!
Brought back fond memories!!

bklyn76 said...

thanks for sharing! i forgot about this gem of a toy and indy is just old enough to play with it now!

Mary said...

This is a great recipe for all Mom's and grandmas to keep on hand. As the excitement at Christmas grows its nice to have a project to keep the kids occupied. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

la petite coquine said...

Oh I remember making this growing up! So much fun!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Ahhh, another good idea for those two long weeks sans nursery...

Hannie said...

How fun! I used to have Playdough at home when I was little. It´s nice to see, that it still exists!
Merry Christmas and xoxo from Hannie

and flowers pick themselves said...

ooh, sounds fun! great photos.

xo Alison

drollgirl said...

play d'oh! it looks like fun! i would love to get in on the action! :)

The Gallery Gal said...

So much fun! My mom used to make this for me and my sibs as a kid and we had hours of enjoyment. I can't wait to make it for mine one day. Your dough is so much brighter than my mom's though... I'll have to bookmark your recipe. Thanks!

Noodles and Waffles said...

I used to eat Play-doh. Let's just say I was addicted to the yellow tub. The stuff my mom ate was never as good so she made it a lot to force me to stop. Ahhh..play-doh.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

This is great. I think I'll make a batch for my nephews and gift the recipe to my sis. They go thru playdough like crazy. Much love.

Pat Tillett said...

We just made some a couple of weeks ago!
Merry Christmas to you and the family.

its simple love said...

I always made playdough with my mom when I was little. Oh memories!

Rachael

tulpen said...

I made my first batch of this a month ago thanks to a recipe (the same one I think) I got from Bea's preschool.

I love the stuff!

Much better than store bought crap. I can't stand the smell of it!

We've only made blue so far. We have TONS of it though.

The winter is long and I'm sure we'll be playing with more colors soon!

Laura Wynn said...

play dough is seriously the greatest thing ever. How fun!

jacqueline said...

Ren, this is fun and really awesome! Wishing you JOY and LOVE for a wonderful Christmas my sweet friend..thank you for all the blessings you have given me this year. Love to you!

Bombay Beauty said...

a classic - and a wonderful reminder of childhood... xo bb

Stacey said...

This is the coolest craft idea! You're such a creative household! Wanted to also wish you and your wonderful family a Very Merry Christmas and All the Best for the New Year! Thanks for being a fab blog friend too. XX

Ninjagaiden78 said...

I like playdough too.
I like seeing children playing with things like that. It encourages creativity.

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Lovely World said...

Love the colors you made. I keep meaning to make this...it is vacation week so perhaps I'll surprise my son!

ilovemyhouse said...

ilove these monkeys! Great colors, perfect plan for a rainy day....
Happy holidays.

XX

shari @ little blue deer said...

I used to love this when I was little! Adorable! Merry Christmas! XX!

Gabbi said...

So neat! One of my favorite toys as a kid... genius.

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

Nice colors, try mixing glitter in next time. Makes it super cool and special!

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