Thursday, February 7, 2008

A recipe for homemade playdough

Homemade Playdough
- From Play with a Purpose by Dorothy Einon

2 cups flour
one cup salt
one cup water with food color added
2 tbsp oil

- Knead ingredients together and warm gently in a pan until it forms a soft lump. Give to toddler or child to play with while still warm. Older children can be given cookie cutters, rolling pins, bottle tops, blunt knives, etc. to have tools to work with.

Benefits of playing with playdough for kids include learning how things change weight and shape when pulled, pushed or torn. Also teaches kids how to build different shapes.

Added bonuses include teaching a small child how to play quietly for a period of time!


Nicole said...

love your site. I did a post as well on play doh and my recipe did not say to add color in the water. It turned out marbled. I wish I saw your post first.

Jamie said...

Thank you Nicole!! :-)

Beth said...

This is a good playdough recipe, but I have found that this kind of dough becomes very sticky when played with for long periods of time. Our family favorite recipe is a little more expensive to make, but the dough is smooth and does not become sticky:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2T cream of tarter
1/2 cup water
1T vegetable oil
food coloring

Mix all ingredients well in a pot then place on stove at medium heat. Stir mixture without ceasing until the dough becomes "globby" at the bottom of the pot. Quickly remove from the heat and kneed in flour until smooth. Allow to cool before playing or storing.

Jamie said...

Thanks for sharing Beth! I think I have tried your recipe for Sunday School kids once before! I will have to make them both someday for comparison! The recipe is much appreciated!!