Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What-to-Do Wednesdays: Homemade Play-Doh

Even if you have a lot of store-bought Play-Doh in your house (as we do), making Play-Doh at home is great fun, and it helps answer that awful winter-time (anytime?) question, "What should we do today?" I mentioned this easy, classic small-children's activity the other week, and posted the recipe in the comments. For those who missed it there, here it is again. True, the stovetop stirring is parents-only, and even the mixing is too hard for babies like Genevieve, but toddlers and preschoolers love to help where they can, and all ages can enjoy the playing after it has cooled. Just make sure the babes don't decide to eat it. (I admit, this is tough.)

Here you go:

Homemade Play-Doh

1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar (find it in the spice aisle)
1 c. water
1 T. vegetable oil
Food coloring, scented extracts such as almond or peppermint

Combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. In a small bowl, combine water, oil, food coloring, and peppermint or almond extract (optional). Gradually stir wet ingredients into the dry ones until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a ball forms. Remove from stove. Cool before playing. Store in airtight container.

Recipe can be easily doubled, or repeated to make multiple colors.

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