This is a conglomeration of different recipes I’ve tried over the last six years. It’s easy to make with the kids, you don’t have to cook it over the stove, it doesn’t smell disgusting and allows you to make different colors within one batch of dough. The glitter adds a fun bit of sparkle but you can easily leave that out. Consider jazzing it up with other small, non-perishable items — sequins, small beads, etc. You could also use peppermint or almond extract for a different scent.
As for playdough tools, I let the kids use my plastic cookie cutters and wooden rolling pin…they seem more interested by the “Real” tools than they have been by fancy little ones. They also love using cups, blunt children’s cutlery, and other randomly shaped and textured household items…just make sure whatever you give them is easily washable.
Razzle-Dazzle Dough-ya Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar (4 tablespoons would extend the shelf-life, but I personally don’t like playdough to hang around more than 6 weeks or so. Little fingers put a lot of ickies into it.)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups boiling water
- Food coloring and glitter (optional)
- Mug and teabag (optional, but you’re probably going to need it if you’re making this with little helpers. 😉 )
Put the kettle on to boil. Prepare mug and teabag. Gather a large mixing bowl, wooden spoon, measuring cups and dry ingredients. Combine flour, salt, cream of tarter , vanilla and cooking oil in the mixing bowl.
When water boils, start your tea brewing, then add 2 cups of boiling water to the mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture is a big lumpy glob and cool enough to handle. Turn it out on the table or counter and knead well until smooth and supple.
Roll dough into a log and cut into four equal size pieces. Squish them into a fat pancake shape, and add a few drops of food coloring and maybe some glitter to the middle. Fold the pancake over on itself with the food coloring inside, then knead it well until the color is evenly distributed. (If you are concerned about stains, protect your work surface. If you don’t want technicolor hands, wear gloves.) Repeat with the other sections as desired.
Store in an air-tight container. Keeping it in the fridge will extend the life but isn’t mandatory. Now sit and enjoy your tea in the 10 minutes that all the kids are going to play happily before they start arguing over who gets the blue dough… 😀