My children enjoy playing with Play-Doh. My three year old especially likes it. For the past year, he played with Play-Doh while his older brother and sister were in gymnastics class. It has a tendency to dry out, though, depsite carefully putting it away. I had been purchasing Play-Doh on sale. Then I decided to try my hand at making my own.
Homemade Play Dough
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablesoon oil
- coloring and scents of choice
Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat, continually stirring. Eventually it will begin to clump together. When it all stays in a ball, it is finished. The resulting play dough is a softer, more elastic version of the commercial concoction. My children enjoy using it.
I’ve been using Kool-Aid packets to color and scent the play dough. It works very well, although we’ll have to try some food coloring in order to get a nice blue.