I made 3 quick batches of playdoh this morning for a fun play activity. This is so easy I literally made the playdoh while I was talking on the phone to a friend! You have everything in your house probably and once you have tried homemade playdoh you will never go back to store bought. First things first-
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1TBSP oil
- 1 TBSP cream of tartar
- food coloring or a packet of koolaid
- 3/4 cup boiling water (put a glass measuring cup in microwave for 2.5 min)
Mix all your dry ingredients and then add the boiling water. Give the mixture a couple turns to combine and then let it cool. I pop mine in the fridge because I'm super patient like that! Once it's mostly cool dump it on the counter and knead it for several min. Initially it's sticky - that works it's way out as you knead.
This is the awesome blog where I got this recipe and she has some great pictures and tips
*here is a tip of mine or an admission of my failure whatever - I cannot make double batches. I have had great success making single batches. The second I double a batch it doesn't turn out so take that or leave that.
Today we used koolaid and made grape, strawberry-kiwi, and very berry playdoh.
I put a ball of playdoh on placemats at the counter and initially only included these cool plastic picks that I found at (ahem- the liquor store). As they played I slowly put other loose parts in the middle for them to use.
H had been playing with the first batch while I made the others so she didn't last as long. She did have fun sticking things into the playdoh, patting it on the counter and attempting to eat it. W and SK got to work immediately creating. Sk made a very elaborate hermit crab habitat and family. If you look carefully her creations really do look like a hermit crab!
The older two can spend an unlimited amount of time with loose parts and their imagination - I just love listening to them chatting away!