Okay, so this post isn't going to be particularly chic. It's about dough. Play Dough to be exact. So it's sort of a mom-themed post. Or a post for people who want to practice their molding skills. I dunno.

Full disclosure: I am NOT a mom. I am an aunt to two adorable ankle biters and I was a Brownie Troupe Leader (a Tawny Owl, thankyouverymuch) for several years. So... there.

Anyway. Enough disclosures. Here's my recipe for perfect, non-toxic play dough in 15 minutes. Try it. You won't be sorry. (And if you do this with kids, let them help make the colours. They LOVE that part.)

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup regular table salt
  • 1/2 cup cream of tartar (which is a sort of acid salt that you can get at bakery and grocery stores - shown)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons oil (cooking oil is fine)
  • Food colouring
  • Sift all the dry ingredients into a pot  (the flour, the salt, the cream of tartar) and make sure they're well mixed, then add the wet ingredients (the oil, and the water, but NOT the food colouring).
  • Place over low heat and stir until the mixture forms a dough (which will take about 10 minutes)
  • Let the dough cool then separate into balls (about 6).
  • Knead each ball with food colouring to make your colours. Use more colouring for saturated colours, less for pastels. Be creative!
  • Put each ball in it's own little zip lock baggie and refrigerate.
  • Voila!
The dough won't last forever, but you should get some good fun out of it. And it's very kid friendly and non-toxic, so it's probably okay if baby takes a bite (though I'm no doc and only you know what your kid can and can't eat. No suing me.)

* Truck image by Chrissi Nerantzi from Stock.Xchng.



07/30/2010 7:00pm

Ooh! Yay! I have all the ingredients except cream of tartar. Off to the store, then the girls and I are going to try it!

07/30/2010 7:15pm

Yay! Let me know how it goes. It's been a few years since I've done it, but it's always turned out. Use a heavy bottomed pot if you have one, but even if you don't, it should work.

11/19/2010 9:25am

If you use Koolaid powder instead of food colouring, you get great colours and it smells good too.


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