One thing we’ve always wanted to make was homemade playdough. That seems to be a rite of passage for most moms. We made that dough in the picture. Why “102”? Because that’s how hot it is outside, so we’re staying in, again. But, that’s not such a bad thing when you have something fun to do. And this was fun.
We already have Play-Doh canisters coming out of our ears. But, I recall when my daughter was in daycare, the ladies running it made their own. It smelled really nice and was far more supple than what you buy in stores. The told me it was because of the orange juice they added to the dough.
I looked online and saw many recipes for playdough, many required cooking. I was not interested in anything too involved. I wanted something the kids could do all by themselves. I found this site:
Simple. It called for:
- 1/2 C Water
- 1/2 C Salt
- 1 C Flour
- Food Coloring
Step 2: Add coloring. (You can add colored juices, instead for a more natural dough. I didn’t have any.)
Step 3: Knead the color into the dough. If you are concerned about messes or stains, lay down some newspaper, put an apron on your kid, or do what we do to color cream cheese or frostings: put the dough in a ziplock baggy and add some coloring before sealing. Have the kids work the dough through the bag to mix.
And there it is! I like the colors. And the salt gives the dough a glisten that’s pretty.
The properties are different than commercial play dough. It’s not as sticky.
If I could bottle this talent……
These are the snowmen my daughter and I made. Kind of funny we chose to make snowmen in Laredo. Must be wishful thinking.
I asked a bunch of moms what they do when they make playdough at home and here are some pretty cool suggestions!
- Do scents by Season. Add canned pumpkin in the fall. Make peppermint dough in the winter using peppermint extract.
- Make Kool-aid scented and colored playdough.
- You can add glitter.
- Use natural food dyes like carrot, beet, spinach or orange juice.
- Bake creations at 300 degrees for an hour and then paint them.