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Having Fun with Homemade Play-dough

Updated on March 22, 2012

Cooked Play-Dough Recipe

"This turns out to be very similar to the Play-Doh you can buy at the store."

1 cup flour 1 cup water

1/2 cup salt 2 Tbsp. cream of tarter

1-1/2 Tbsp. oil 1 Tbsp. food coloring

Combine flour, salt, and cream of tarter in a saucepan.

In a separate bowl combine the liquid ingredients.

(Quick Tip: If you would like to make more than one color at a time. Do not add food coloring til you separate warm dough into balls. This is a little messy, so you may want to wear cleaning gloves as you knead the coloring into the dough separately. I usually double the recipe and separate the dough into three to four colors.)

Slowly stir liquids into dry ingredients. Mix and cook at medium heat until it forms a ball.

When cool enough to handle, knead until smooth (add coloring now if making more than one color).

Store in resealable plastic bags or air-tight containers. Small empty butter containers work great as well.

*My kids are entertained for hours when I cook this up. We always pull out the cookie cutters and any toys they have that might make fun prints and shapes. There are many play-doh tools and shapes you can find online for a great deal as well.

Don't worry about the mess!

I hate to admit it, but I must confess. I always hated the mess the kids left behind when they were done. After cleaning up after my first three children, I rarely pulled out the play-dough. Five kids later, I learned that busy kids are happy kids. This recipe in my opinion makes an easier clean-up than the store bought brand. I havn't had any problems with it staining anything. What's left behind can be vaccumed right up. So go ahead and be the cool mom (or grandma). Remember, kids are only little for a while... So enjoy every minute you have with them!

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