Monday, May 23, 2011

Hurray for playdoh

 Sorry to have been absent for so long, but I was out of sorts last week and really just wanted to hibernate a bit.  It's been a typical spring in the Willamette Valley: rain, rain, more rain, then when you think you might go bananas the sun shines through the doldrums and bathes everything in its warm glow.  It's just enough to keep a person sane - but only just.

So anyway, today (after preschool and grocery shopping) we made playdoh!  If you've never made it at home you really should.  Super easy, fun to do and messy but in an easy-to-clean-up sort of way.  Owen and I made it at preschool last week and thought it would be fun to try at home.  It totally was.

Little hands can do almost everything (except pour the hot water).  I couldn't find the recommended Kool-Aid at the grocery store (not in the juice aisle, not in the candy aisle, not in the chips/pop aisle - so what the frick?) so we used some blue ink instead.  Used sparingly it made the playdoh a pleasant denim color.

Homemade Playdoh

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tbl cream of tartar
3 tbl cooking oil
2 cups hot water
coloring of your choice (I was told 3 packets of Kool-Aid powder works great, but we used bio-paint at school and ink worked just fine, maybe plain ol' food coloring would work too)

Mix dry ingredients, add oil, water and coloring.  Stir to incorporate adding flour or coloring as necessary.  Dump onto wax paper (we used freezer paper) and knead.  Ours came out a little oily so we added flour and it worked great.  Be sure to store in an air-tight container for use later on!


Lynda said...

Lots of fun! We use common old food colouring when we make it.

knitxcore. said...

that's awesome! i want to make this, like, right now. !am isn't too late to make play-doh, is it?