Play dough fun

Since we are stuck inside with the cold I decided to have the boys make some play dough to play with.  Rethan had fun making the play dough with the help of his friend.  I used the opportunity to teach Rethan how to knead properly.  This will come in handy when I teach then to make bread which is in the plans for the not too distant future.

Shaynen appeared at just the right moment to have fun with the play dough.  Shaynen had fun making layered balls and then finished with a modern art looking part of a face.  Rethan started with some careful mixing of colors to make a rainbow.  Then he created a roll with many layers of color working out from the center.  Their friend enjoyed creating some tie die creations.

Here is the recipe we used.  It was simple to do.  I think we will be doing it more in the future.

Here is our youtube video of our fun.


2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix)
scented oils  (we tried using flavoring extract but the smell didn’t last very long)

Place all the ingredients in a pan.  Stir over low heat.  It will be lumpy at first, but will mix better as it warms up.
When the dough clumps in the center as it pulls away from the sides  then it is time to remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool for a few minutes until it is cool enough to handle.

Dump the dough onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead it until it becomes smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

Make a small hole in the center of the ball, and drop in some food coloring. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the play dough.  Try not to have the dye break through to the outside of the dough so it doesn’t get on your hands or the counter.  If you want to avoid coloring on your hands you could use gloves or plastic wrap to keep your hands clean.  You only need to worry about the concentrated dye, as soon as it’s worked in bare hands are fine. We didn’t worry about the dye getting on our hands a little bit.

Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.  We started with about 5 drops of color but ended up with about 20 drops for each ball.

When you’re done store it in an air-tight container.

Youtube video of the process and fun coming soon



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