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How To Make Your Own Play Dough

By Edited Sep 27, 2015 0 0

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A few years ago I stumbled across a forum thread in which a lady stated that she makes her own playdough for her child. What?! You can make your own playdough? Yes, you can, and it is both very cheap and very easy. Anybody with a few basic ingredients and some spare time can make a batch of play dough, and they can make it any color that they wish too!

Things You Will Need

2 Cups flour
2 Cups of Warm Water
1 Cup of Salt
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon of Cream of Tartar (optional but extra stretchy!)
Food Colouring (any type or color)
Safe Scented Oils

Step 1

First you need to mix up all of the ingredients (apart from the coloring) in a saucepan, whisk together for a good five minutes until you have a pan full of mush.

Step 2

Now turn on the hob to a low heat and gently stir the mixture, continue stirring until the mixture thickens and begins to look like mash potato. Do not let this mixture get too hot, it should just stay warm. Once the mixture has clumped together and moved away from the sides of the pan you should remove the dough from the heat.

Step 3

You should now knead the dough aggressively until it becomes silky smooth, this can take some time and a lot of elbow grease to get perfect. Once you are happy with the consistency seperate your dough into smaller balls, each to become a different color (if you have more than one color to add).

Step 4

Take your first ball of dough and stick your finger through the top, you should get to somewhere near the middle of the ball. Add some food coloring to the hole before folding the ball over and working the color through the mixture, you should perhaps wear plastic gloves or wrap the dough in cling film at this stage to avoid staining your hands. Continue to add color as desired, until you are happy with the end result.

Step 5

You can now play with your new home made play dough! Remember to store in an air tight container when you have finished making play dough monsters, otherwise it will dry out. If your dough does begin to dry out then simply add a little water and knead again until soft and silky once more.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure that you use food safe coloring and non-toxic oils! Particularly if you are giving this to your kids!

Pure food coloring can stain, so do your kneading on an old chopping board! Concentrated coloring will not, so don't worry about the coloring once you have finished creating the play dough.




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