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Monday, August 20, 2012

Homemade play clay

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

I'm always searching for the perfect homemade play dough recipe. Though I've often come pretty close (we have a terrific recipe (actually we have a few) on KinderArt.com)  I wasn't always 100% happy with the results. Either the recipe was too complicated or the dough was not soft enough.

Then, I came across this version from TodaysParent.com which I tried and loved. I also made some modifications, which I describe below...

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On-the-go play dough

1 cup (250 mL) boiling water
1/2 cup (125 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) cream of tartar
a few drops food colouring OR ½ tsp (2.5 mL) unsweetened Kool-Aid drink-mix powder

Boil the water, stir in the salt and bring back to the boil. Remove from heat and add flour, oil, cream of tartar and colouring. When it’s cool enough to handle, knead until smooth

Full recipe (and others) are here: http://www.todaysparent.com/activities/toddler-craft-recipes

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After following the above directions (up to the food coloring step), my daughter and I combined the warm dough mixture with a touch of dry flour on the counter. This helped make the clay feel less oily.


 We also added some cinnamon. Because we like cinnamon :)


Then, we cut the dough in half. Some went into a baggie in the fridge (so we could later add food coloring) and the other half (left in its natural state) was used to make cookie cutter ornaments.

We placed the ornaments in a 200 degree oven (on parchment paper) for about 2 hours. Then, we painted the little treasures using tempera paint.




The next day, we took the dough out of the fridge and placed little bits into zip close baggies. Then, my daughter squeezed food coloring into each of the bags. After that, we sealed the bags and squished the dye into the dough. It was a nice, clean way to add color. 



Then, we decided to create some wild rainbow sculptures which we plan to bake in the oven.


Making your own play dough is fun for kids (and adults) of all ages.

Try it yourself and keep creating!
~Andrea

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