Recently, I discovered play dough recipes. I had heard it was easy to make and was better than the store bought stuff. We gave it a try and found, yes, these things are true!
We made a few colors in about an hour. Once you get started, it is a bit addicting. The orange and purple were made with Kool-Aide and the others were made with liquid food coloring. According to my oldest, the Kool-Aide play dough smells good & the other is stinky. It is true, there is a pleasant scent from the Kool-Aide. The other just smells like play dough.
We used recipes that require boiling water. I understand there are "no cook" recipes. We just haven't tried them. The first one I used is from MOCHA The Museum of Children's Art in Oakland.
2c all purpose flour
3t cream of tartar
2 1/4 c water
4T vegetable oil
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Combine oil & food coloring in a small bowl. Put water in a pot & boil (2qt or larger size) after it is boiling, put in oil / food coloring. Turn off heat & mix in dry ingredients. After it is mixed put on a flat surface & knead.
Here is our red before kneading. It doesn't look too smooth, don't worry. It will look great after you kneed it ... but be careful! It is HOT. I took it out of the pot & then let it sit for about 10 minutes before kneading it. This recipe makes almost 4 c of dough.
1/2 c salt
1 1/2 t cream of tartar
1 package Kool Aide - the color of the play dough will be the color of the punch.
(The orange & purple in the picture above were make w/ Kool-Aide, orange & grape.)
1 c water
Follow the directions above except:
Add Kool-aide to dry ingredients
Makes almost 2 c dough
Do you have a favorite recipe or tips? Please share! $$ saving tip: If you think you will be making more than one or two batches, buy your cream of tartar in bulk from a store like Smart & Final.