I love to have play-doh in the house that’s homemade and that I know is harmless if Reagan (when Reagan) puts it in her mouth. I don’t really understand the fascination with eating play dough. I remember the first time that I made it a few months back my husband told me that he remembers eating it as a child and how good it tasted. And then our neighbor said that her and her friends would eat it for a snack…Ummm- gross. When my husband was home one afternoon when Reagan was play-dohing, he watched her lick the play dough and he proceeded to say ‘yummy, yummy’ to her- of course he did- and now every time she plays with play-doh, she licks it and says ‘yummy, yummy’- thank you, dear husband of mine. Just wait till she starts preschool in September and she’s yummy, yummying their play-doh- how embarrassing that will be.
Today I made 3x’s the batch. There are a few of Reagan’s friends that we will be seeing tomorrow and we wanted to bring them some play-doh!
plain white flour – 1 cup
salt – 0.5 cups
cream of tartar – 2 tsp (you can substitute 2 tbsp of baking soda)
water – 1 cup
cooking oil – 1 tsp (if you use baking soda, add 1 tbsp of oil instead of 1 tsp)
Combine all ingredients into large bowl.
The more food coloring you add, the darker your play-doh color will be.
Stir ingredients until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat- stirring continuously.
Stir until play-doh bunches up to form a ball. I’ve found that it’s easiest, at least for me, to use a spatula to begin stirring and then once the play-doh begins to get thicker, switch to a wooden spoon. My arm is exhausted after this part.
Remove from pan, place on a sheet of wax paper and allow the play-doh to cool
Knead for a few minutes until smooth.
Store in airtight container- we use plastic tupperware.
If I had to take a guess, I would say that Reagan plays with her play-doh about 5 days a week. I made a batch 2 months ago and it’s still smooth and good as new.