Thursday, January 15, 2009

Homemade Playdough

I actually made this yesterday, I just didn't get the posting done! Today we were in town running errands (errands seem to go on forever, don't they?), so now, finally, homemade playdough!

These are the ingredients in my recipe. (I'll post the recipe at the end of the pictures.) Use low-cost stuff - after all, this is play dough. Generally, no one is going to eat it.
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First, measure a half cup of salt into a saucepan.
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Add a 'healthy spoonful' of corn starch.
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Next, a cup of all purpose flour.
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Then, a packet of powdered drink mix. The no-sugar kind. If you ever bought some off brand and didn't care for it, use it here. Look how happy that straw is about this playdough!!
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Stir together the dry ingredients to combine them. Then add 1 cup water.
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Stir until the lumps are mostly gone, then add the oil and stir to combine.
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Now it's time to cook it. Stir it frequently, over a medium flame. It will start getting lumpy. Keep going!
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Almost there! The playdough clinging to the spoon still needs to be cooked...you can use another spoon to kinda clean off the main spoon, then get that cooked and then you can turn your (hot! careful!) playdough out onto the counter.
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Knead it until it's smooth. It really is hot. If you're not used to hot hot dishwater, just wait for it to cool a few minutes, then knead it.
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That's it! You just made playdough!
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I love this expression. I don't know what it is...but I love it!
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The recipe:

Homemade Playdough

1/2 c. salt
1 heaped tablespoon corn starch
1 c. plain flour
1 packet powdered, unsweetened drink mix
1 c. water
1 T. oil

Measure dry ingredients into saucepan. Stir to combine. Add water, stir to combine, then add oil and stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it is very thick and forms a ball. Allow to cool if necessary, then knead until smooth. Once the dough is adequately cooled, give it to the kids! Store in an airtight container - we use a quart size yogurt container.

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You can add other things to playdough - sand or coffee grounds for texture...glitter for 'pretty', cocoa, just to drive your children crazy (because it smells so, so good, and tastes so, so bad). But...once you add stuff, they are going to want that every time! You've been warned!

Don't be afraid to play with the temperature. Put it in the fridge on a hot day, or warm it a little (just a little, and knead it first to make sure there are no hot spots) on a cold day.

Make two primary colors, and let your children discover color mixing! Give them yellow and blue...and then ask them in a few days, 'Hey, where did y'all get the green playdough?'

Let them use cookie cutters, rolling pins, butter knives, meat mallets...whatever you can put up with....and they'll have lots of fun!

Oh...and if your playdough gets soft and oozy after a few days (I know - eew!) it just needed to be cooked a little more. You can actually do that in the microwave (unless it's too oozy) if you want, or put it back in a saucepan and cook it again.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

Scottish Witch said...

Looks great! I think I might try it out on Sunday.

Your daughter is adorable btw!

Susan said...

I was just thinking my son needs some more playdough. I can't wait to try this!

mentalutopia said...

Most playdough recipes I've seen/used call for cream of tartar instead of the cornstarch. Do you know if the final products differ any?

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