Colorful Homemade Play Dough.

I hosted playgroup last week. Generally speaking, almost-two-year-olds tend to do a pretty good job occupying themselves, especially when surrounded by another kid's toys. But I wanted to do something fun, so I found this recipe from ohdeedoh and whipped up some homemade play dough. The ingredients are all, well, food, so the play dough is completely non-toxic.

  • all-purpose flour
  • fine grain sea salt
  • vegetable oil
  • cream of tartar
  • warm water
  • food coloring (you can always use food for this too, like beets for red, turmeric for yellow, blueberries for purple, etc.)

And the steps to make the play dough are dead simple.

First, whisk everything together.

Then microwave it for a few minutes (like 3-5). If it's too wet, microwave it for another minute. Just do this until you get the "play dough" consistency, which sticks together, pulls from the side of the bowl and doesn't stick to your fingers when you knead it. (If you don't like using the microwave, this can be done on the stove too.)

Then you just knead the dough ball until it's nice and smooth. Once you have that, divide it into sections for however many colors you want to make.

I created purple, teal, yellow and orange play dough using just the four colors that come in the (red, blue, yellow and green), but you could do any color you dream up. I used about 10-20 drops for each ball of dough and kneaded them well to be sure the color was distributed evenly.

Voilà!

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