Fab Family Fun: Make Your Own Play Dough
Hey moms, why do we hate play dough? Is it because it’s one of the few things that keeps kids entertained for more than 3 minutes and doesn’t have studies against it proving it will fry their brains? Or is it because it fosters creativity and hand-eye coordination? Oh yeah, it’s because of the MESS it makes!
I don’t have a magic play dough alternative that requires no clean up, but I do have one that requires a lot less. I mean, it is what it is, and if your kids’ favorite thing to make with it are those long little snakes in all sizes and colors, you will still get play dough bits on your floor and table. BUT they are a lot less messy than real play dough bits because they’re not as sticky or mushy! And homemade play dough is cheaper than buying the real stuff.
Cooked Play Dough
3 cups flour
1 cup salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Blend water and oil together in a bowl. Add to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add several drops of food coloring until you get the right color. Cook for about five minutes. Take the play dough out of the saucepan and put it on a cutting board or counter and knead for a few minutes. Add flour if it’s too sticky. Play dough should last around three months if you keep it sealed in an airtight container or resealable bag.
Recipe comes from easy-kids-recipes.com