My daughter has been asking about play dough for a while. She plays it at school and at the Art classes.
This sounds weird but first I was thinking she is too young and will make our house covered with play dough. The other reason I didn’t get her play dough was the chemicals in it.
My first step was to buy a play dough at her Art school ( it supposes to be handmade and natural), but then I realized if they can make it, I can make it too.
The ingredients are really easy, the only special one is cream of Tartar. It took me a few days to find it at the grocery store. ( I got one at Target).
Play dough supposes to be different colors, and a lot of recipes ask for food coloring. When I checked the regular food colorings from the grocery store, I was in shock. All these food colorings (you are allowed to eat them) are full of chemicals and make your food bright rainbow colors. It is definitely not a real food, and looks dangerous for my kid.
After some searching on the internet I found easy ways for food coloring that you can make at home from real vegetables, fruits, spices etc. The easiest ones are: turmeric ( to make your food yellow), beet juice ( to make your food bright purple or pink), carrot juice ( to make your food orange), red cabbage ( to make your food purple) , basil ( to make your food green) etc.
If you are too lazy to make your own food coloring, there is the other option for you.
Sophia got this paint set for her last birthday. We didn’t use it before, but I tried it for the play dough and it worked great. These paints are completely plant based ( made of vegetables and fruits).
Waiting for my daughter at the Art school I heard the conversation between moms about their kids were eating play dough, and one of them just reccomended the other one to buy the Organic Play dough from the school ( 35$ for the few pieces). Really?
Just make your own. You will save money, and will know that it’s really safe for your kid.
Ready to make it? Here we go:
1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Cream of Tarter
Food Coloring (I used Turmeric and Glob Paint Colors)
Sparkles (If you wanna be a fun mom!)
Sauce Pan and Wooden Spoon
Pour in all ingredients. (No particular order… each time is different for us.. and it always turns out the same.)
I divided the mixture for three parts and mixed every single one with the separate coloring.
Stir until everything is mixed well.
Once the mixture is (mostly) clump free. Heat over MEDIUM heat.
Stir. Don’t stop stirring. After a few minutes it will start to clump up. Stir, Stir Stir.Just keep stirring until the Play Dough is formed. It will form one big clump.
Remove from heat, and knead by hand.
Note: If you forgot to add sparkles in the mix at the beginning, you just knead the sparkles in and it turns out just fine.
Once cooled it’s ready to go. Package it up for some party favors or stocking stuffers.
This recipe yields about a cup and half of dough.
As far as how long it lasts, as long as it is stored right, it should last at leas up to 6 months. I’d suggest wrapping it in plastic wrap (or a Ziploc bag) and then putting it inside your sealed container… and it could last even longer. Every sealed container has air, and air can dry out and/or mold your dough, which is why I suggest wrapping in plastic wrap first.