Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Art Adventure: Play Dough Re-do

Do your kids love the same projects over and over again like mine? With the school year, I've been able to only do about one project a week with them, and play dough was once again demanded. But I have new followers who may not have seen the recipe yet, so it bears repeating. :)

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!):
Play Dough

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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1 comment:

  1. Home dough is the way to go instead of buying the expensive crap in the market...
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