Wonderful play dough recipes are available, for all kinds of projects. But suppose that all you really want to do is keep a little kid busy for awhile, so you can get dinner ready or help the older ones with homework? This recipe is quick, easy, cheap, and gets the job done, with no frills, bells, or whistles.
Things You Will Need1. salt (cheap non-iodized salt is fine)
2. flour (cheap, white, no-rise flour is fine)
5. mixing bowl
6. spoon for stirring
7. liquid food coloring (optional)
8. play dough tools (optional)
(Tools are often cleverly disguised as kitchen equipment in your home, such as forks, butter knives, cookie cutters, toothpicks, and various other things.)
Step 9If your child starts to lose interest after awhile (but you wish they'd keep playing for a bit longer), then bring out some Very Useful Playdough Tools. These are probably disguising themselves in your kitchen, as things like a fork, butter knife, cookie cutters, or toothpicks. Of this short list, toothpicks are the most useful, and will keep your child busy for the longest period of time. In fact, you may be surprised how long a lump of playdough and handful of toothpicks can keep a kid busy!
Step 10Put the playdough in a plastic bag or container when you are finished, and it will stay good for several days. If it starts to get old or dirty looking, just throw it away (it's cheap!) and make a new batch.
If you make a project and leave it out on the table (on wax paper), it will air dry pretty hard and stay good for a long time. You can paint it later, too. However, this dough is not the best choice for a very special project that you might want to last forever. There are many other dough recipes available for those special types of projects, for older children or adults or more advanced projects, but this simple recipe will keep a little kid busy for a long time, with very little effort or expense.
Tips & WarningsALERT! The playdough will dry hard, so be sure to wash the table, your dishes, and tools, while the playdough on them is still damp and fresh. If you let it dry out, it will be a whole lot more trouble to wash things later.
TIP! It will not hurt your child a bit to let them satisfy their curiosity by licking the dough. It is half-salt, so most kids try one or two licks, and don't want any more, anyway, because it tastes so bad.