Playdough Recipes and Tips!

December 17, 2008

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Making your own playdough is surprisingly easy and a fun kitchen recipe for kids just learning to use the stove.  Throw in some fraction work and kitchen safety rules to ‘Make it a Lesson’.  

Here are tips from our kitchen followed by a few of the recipes we like:

Playdough Making Tips:

  • A touch of vanilla does wonders for the smell by covering up the salty flour smell of homemade dough.
  • Food coloring mixes easily in the water at the beginning – once you have dough – not so much 🙂
  • Keep in plastic so it doesn’t dry out, or the fridge if you want it to last even longer.
  • Take it off the heat as soon as it pulls away from the edges and starts to form a ball.  Overcooking makes it too dry and crumbly.
  • Don’t make edible playdough and regular playdough on the same day . . . yes, for obvious reasons 🙂

Playdough Recipe #1

(Special Ingredient = Alum – found in ‘spices’ section of grocery store)

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 T oil
1 T powdered alum
1/2 cup salt
2 T vanilla
food coloring

Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading.

Recipe #2

(Special Ingredient = Cream of Tartar – also in ‘spices’ section)

1 c. flour
½ c. salt
1 T. vegetable oil
1 t. cream of tartar
1 c. water
1 t. vanilla (opt.)
food coloring

Mix all ingredients into a saucepan. Mix well. Cook over a medium-low heat until the mixture forms a soft ball. Store in an airtight container and it will last for weeks to months.

Recipe #3

– Edible Playdough

3 1/2 cups peanut butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 cups honey
4 cups dry milk powder (or powdered soy milk)

In large bowl, cream together peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar, then beat in honey and fold in milk powder. Divide into 15 equal portions and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

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Do you have a favorite dough recipe or tips to making play dough?  Would you mind posting them in the comment section?  Thanks!!

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