Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Crafts - Make Your Own Play Doh!

I think I've mentioned that my family spent our summers in Maine when I was growing up, yes?  Well, one summer, when I was 5 or 6, it rained every day for over a month.  My mother was at her wits end with three children bored out of their minds!

She was very creative, and we painted rocks, dyed sand and filled bottles with it, baked everything under the sun, and eventually just sent my brothers and I to play out in the rain!  We loved splashing around, and our washer and dryer worked overtime to keep up.

One of the crafts my mother would make was homemade play-doh.  It's pretty simple, and doesn't require any cooking.  This is her recipe:


1 cup boiling water
1 and 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
Gel colors, if desired
[Disposable gloves for dealing with the gel colors, optional]


Just mix everything together in a bowl:

It will look a bit like mashed potatoes at this step.

Turn it out onto a floured board and knead it until it comes together - the dough will be quite hot!  If the dough is too sticky, just keep adding small amounts of flour until you can handle it.

At this point I wanted to add two different colors, so I divided the dough:

Added some pink gel color:

I put my gloves on, and kneaded the dough until it was uniform:

I repeated the process for purple, and voila!  Two colors of homemade Play-Doh!

Hope you have fun with this project - just make sure to seal the dough up tight so it doesn't dry out.
- Sugar Baby

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