Thursday, April 4, 2013

Easy Play Dough

The boys and I made play-dough last week.  Parker loves play-dough and I have a love-hate relationship with it.  It's fun to play with and it makes you feel like a kid again.  And I love that it keeps Parker occupied for a chunk of time, but it always ends up everywhere.  I find it for days afterwards.

We've always had plenty of Play-Doh around, so we had never made our own before.  This was a fun afternoon activity for Parker and I to work on together.  Plus I got to use my KitchenAid, which is always enjoyable for me.  I found a few recipes online and altered them a little and made my own recipe.  It's an easy recipe and only takes a few minutes to make.

Play Dough
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Oil (I used Canola, but any cooking oil should work.)
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
1 1/2 Cups Super Hot Water
Food Coloring

Mix flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar and peppermint extract together.  Then add hot water and food coloring and mix together into a dough.  It makes a decent amount of play dough, so if you want more than one color,  separate the dough and add the food coloring as the final step.  The peppermint extract isn't necessary but it gives the dough a nice scent.

I store our play-dough in a Ziploc bag, making sure to remove all the air, so it doesn't dry out.

What you'll need


Ryder only played with the play dough for about a minute before he threw it on the floor.  He throws everything!  This morning he threw a brush at me.  He's got a good arm on him.  I did get a couple cute pictures though.  I love his tongue sticking out.  

Parker busy creating and making shapes with the play dough.  We got out our Easter cookie cutters this particular afternoon.  I keep all of our cookie cutters in a plastic bin in the kitchen for Park and Ryde to use for play dough.  They get used more frequently this way.  I love to bake, but I usually don't have the patience  or the time to roll dough and make sugar cookies.

Happy Champagne Thursday!


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