Today is National Play Doh Day.
In honor of this “squishy” occasion, and Fun With Food Sunday, here is a simply recipe for homemade Play Doh. It’s not only inexpensive to make, but it lasts for months.
What You Need
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 tsps of cream of tartar
- 2 cups of lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (coconut oil works, too)
- Food coloring, optional but recommended
- Quart sized bags (one for each color)
- Large pot
- Wax paper
Step #1 – In a large pot, stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
Step #2 – Add the water, and oil, and food coloring (if using only one color).
Step #3 – Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Step #4 – Continue to stir until the dough has thickened, and forms a ball.
Step #5 – Remove from heat, and place onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly.
Step #6 – Knead the dough until smooth.
Note: If you’re using more than one color, divide the dough evenly into that number of balls – one for each color – skip the next steps if you’ve already added the coloring.
Step #7 – Place each ball of uncolored dough into a quart-size zipper bag.
Step #8 – Add five drops of food coloring to the bag (more drops if you want brighter, more vivid colors).
Step #9 – Knead the dough, while inside the bag (so it doesn’t stain your hands), until the color is thoroughly mixed, and is consistent.
Step #10 – Repeat the process for each individual color.
Now you’re ready to have some fun!
When finished playing, store the dough inside the bags for up to three months. For optimal freshness, be sure to squeeze all the air out of the bag(s) before sealing.
After you have added the food coloring, add ¼ cup of glitter to one (or each) ball of dough. This creates some sparkly fun!
Fun With Food Facts – Play Doh
Did you know?
- The Play Doh product was originally made to clean wall paper.
- More than 3 billion cans of Play Doh have been sold! That’s enough to reach the moon and back three times!
- Play Doh was first sold in just one color, an off-white. However, once it hit the stores in the 1950’s red, blue, and yellow were added.
- There’s a perfume that smells like Play Doh.
Want to turn your dough creations into an animated show? Check out the Play Doh creation app.
Did you create something cool with your homemade dough? Send us a picture and it could be featured on Show Us Your Stuff Saturday.