9/13/13

Homemade Play Dough

What is it about kids and play dough?  It must have to do with the texture and just pure *smoosh* of it. We've had our fair share of tubs of the "real" play dough in this house.  They're getting a little crusty and rather than buy more, I thought:

Hey, I've seen that on Pinterest!  And so I made some.
I used the recipe from {Small Friendly} and was originally drawn to the fact that she used pumpkin spice to make it taste good, but even more excited that she used coconut oil.  I've had a jar in my pantry for awhile now, waiting for a project (or many, again, Pinterest.)

That being said, the pumpkin spice was purely for scent and has no baring on how wonderful the play dough will turn out.

The coconut oil was awesome.  The dough was soft and playful, even after my kids left it out without picking it up after they'd found something else to play.  Weird, usually they're so tidy and considerate.

HA!


The ingredients for this you'll need:


1 c flour
1 c water
1/3 c salt
1 Tbsp oil (Coconut is recommended, but vegetable or canola would probably do fine too)
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp pumpkin spice (optional)
food coloring

Mix everything together in a sauce pan - only include food coloring if you want to have your whole batch be one color.  This is certainly better than hand mixing (and staining) your hands later, but for varieties sake, we left our color out until the dough had "cooked."


Over medium-low heat, mix together until it's no longer stick.  The mix will go from looking like a thick pancake batter to a honest lump of play dough.  It takes maybe 4 minutes, so keep an eye and don't wander.


Turn dough out onto your countertop with a light dusting of flour and let cool.  Smoosh it out to help cool it faster.  I could not believe how hot this got and how long it held temperature!  Don't burn yourself over a kids craft - it's not worth it!

Once it's cool enough, knead the dough to make sure everything is smooth.  Divide as you'd like and start coloring (if you haven't done so already!)


You're working with food coloring - or a horrible, food-safe dye that will stain anything and everything it touches.  I used a piece of wax paper over a cutting board to protect my countertops.  While they are white, laminate and awful, I still don't need big red and blue stains on them.  I'll leave that to my carpets and fabric paint from {this dandy.}

Drip in your color and start kneading away to mix everything in.  I let Liv do the drops and I did the mixing.  I figured better my hands got stained than hers!

The pumpkin spice does add a golden color to what I imagine is an otherwise white dough, so the food coloring does take a different hue.  You can see we tried to make green, red, blue and purple, but the purple ended up being more brown.  Didn't seem to matter much to the little fingers in this house.



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