Thursday, November 11, 2010

Home made playdough

We had so much fun today, we played outside in the leaves (with a couple arguments over the cozy coupe), the kids had a fun bubble bath with LOTS of bubbles, we baked cup cakes ( I learned a couple new short cuts for baking cupcakes) and made playdough. This was my first time using this playdough recipe and it turned out great. We did red (turned out pink) with peppermint extract in it for scent. I got this recipe from my montessori journey she does a different playdough colour and flavour every month and I think I will try to start that in the new year.

Homemade Playdough
1 c. flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. cream of tartar
1 c. water
Food coloring of your choice
Add-ins of your choice (i.e. spices, extracts, glitter, etc.)
Stir ingredients together well.  Just measure them into the saucepan you will be using to cook the dough, but mix them well before heating up the pan.  Over medium heat cook the dough, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  (NOTE:  When it starts to pull away from the sides somewhat and clump together and most of the "wet-looking" parts look dry, it's ready to remove from the pan.)  Turn dough onto a board (or the countertop) and knead until very smooth.  (NOTE:  It will be pretty warm to the touch, but try to knead it until it becomes a nice, smooth ball.  If it feels sticky, you can work a little more flour into it and it will be fine.)  Cool.  Store in a covered plastic container OR in a sealed ziploc bag. (ANOTHER NOTE:  This dough does seem to always stick in the saucepan somewhat.  I have tried spraying the pan first, but I still have a crusty residue on the pan when I'm finished.  I am used to this now and just plan on soaking the pan after I make a batch.  I just wanted you to know about that though so you wouldn't think you had goofed something up if that happens.) 
When I add spices, I usually start with about a teaspoon (though I never actually use a spoon).  I just shake a bunch in until I think it's going to produce the desired level of scent.  (I like a LOT of scent.)  If you are adding an extract like vanilla or peppermint, for example, probably just a teaspoon will be enough, but you can experiment with a little more than that.  Also add gradually if you are doing glitter.  I would still start with only about a teaspoon and go from there.

I will add some photos tomorrow when I get them on the computer.

1 comment:

AllAboutTheFamily said...

This recipe ie very similar to the kool-aid recipe I use, only instead of stove top I put mine in a mixing bowl in the microwave for 5-6mins stirring every minute :)
I'll definitely have to try glitter in our upcoming Christmas batches.
Ps: I finally posted the Remembrance day craft