Making playdough can be a educational opportunity for children, as they will learn about the contents of the dough and how to measure ingredients. This fun activity is quick and effortless, offering endless entertainment. Though playdough is non-toxic, it is important to choose a recipe with a low salt content in case it is eaten by children or pets. Using the right recipe avoids risk, and it allows children to have an enjoyable time while learning.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- 10-15 drops food coloring (optional)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)
Select a recipe and measure all ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add all of the wet ingredients. Food coloring adds variety to batches of playdough, while the optional vanilla or peppermint extract add scent.
Place the mixture in a large saucepan. Cook the mixture on low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the dough begins to look dry remove the mixture from the heat. Make sure not to leave the dough on the stovetop for an extended time. The playdough will need to appear dry, but not be dried out entirely.
Cool the dough on a cutting board until warm to the touch. Knead the dough until it can be formed into shapes. Refrigerate the low-sodium playdough in a covered container when it is not being used.
Tips & Warnings
- Discard playdough after a week of use or it will be too dry and crumble easily.
- Consider making edible play dough, as well. Combine 18 ounces of peanut butter, 6 tablespoons of honey, and 3/4-cup of nonfat dry milk until it can be kneaded. This recipe does not require cooking and offers a fun play alternative with the option to eat the dough when finished.
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