Art doesn't have to be kept forever. One of the best ways for little (and weaker) hands to practice sculpture is with simple play dough. And this is what the boys asked for this week.
So this is the recipe I use when I make it (and the kids can help make it too!):
Combine 1 1/2 cups water with 2 tablespoons mineral oil*; set aside.
Combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2-4 tablespoons cream of tartar (I typically use 2 tablespoons) in a saucepan.
Over medium heat, add water mixture and stir constantly.
It will seem lumpy, then sticky,
then it will form a ball.
Once that happens, take off heat and cool for five minutes.
When you can handle it, knead the dough with your hands. Separate into as many balls as you desire different colors.
Add several drops of food coloring to your dough ball and knead it through.
We stuck bags on our hands because we didn't have gloves and we were getting pictures done. Didn't want blue hands for that!
And that's it. You are ready to play!
We have several play dough tools. You can use your homemade play dough with your store-bought toys and tools.
Stick it in a bag when you are done to keep for another day.
*I use mineral oil because the dough will then keep at room temperature for quite awhile (we've never tested past a couple months). Vegetable and olive oil can be used, but then you should stick it in the fridge to prevent it from becoming rancid. I happen to think the mineral oil smells better in the dough too.
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