Let’s talk play dough, mmmkay? Specifically salted playdough. We grew up with this stuff and just that salty feeling on my fingers brings back memories of my youth. Or yoot if you’re a fan of My Cousin Vinnie. I forget how dang easy it is to make so the other day I whipped up a batch for the kids to play with.
Ingredients are muy simple:
• 1 cup flour
• 1/2 cup salt
• 2 tbsp cream of tartar
• 1 tbsp oil
• 1 cup water.
Optional: food coloring
You mix all the ingredients in a pot over a medium heat and continuously stir it. After a couple of minutes, you’ll feel the mixture start to clump up and grab onto itself. Stir a bit more and then pull it out and knead it for a minute or two. If you’re feeling fancy and want your playdough to have different colors, grab some food coloring. I don’t always feel fancy, but the neon food coloring in the baking aisle meant this batch was gonna be all up in it with the color.
Divide the dough into balls and poke a hole for the food coloring. I do it this way because it always seems to be the neatest, but there’s certainly no science to any of this. I mean technically it’s nothing but science, but you get my drift… mix in the color any way your little playdough heart desires. (If you’re set on one color, you can just add the food coloring to the water also…)
Here’s the beauty of this dough: 1. It’s mad easy to make. 2. It’s mad hard to screw up. 3. It will harden if you leave it out, so you could use this recipe for Christmas ornaments, bowls, beads, you name it. 4. It’s kinda edible so trust me… your kids will take a little salty taste. You might gag a bit watching them, but no harm, no foul.
Takes 10 minutes to mix together… chances are you have the ingredients… and, the kids ALWAYS love some playdough time, right? This is what Oliver came up with one morning before school… I think it involves a boat, an island, a sea worm, and maybe a pirate. #WednesdayPlayday
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