Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Homemade Playdough

Note: I hate the way store bought Koolaid smells. I have found these recipes which I the boys have enjoyed playing with being able to make the dough adds to the fun.

Koolaid Playdough

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 teaspoons oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages Kool aid

Mix the dry ingredients. Add water and oil. Knead. Be careful because it is hot!

Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup powdered milk

Knead until smooth.

Gingerbread Playdough
I love this dough at Christmas time especially when we are reading Jan Brett's story the Gingerbread Baby.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. veg. oil
lots of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, whatever!

Mix the dry ingredients. Play with the spices till you get the scent you want and the color. Mix water and oil together first and Then add them to the dry ingredients and stir. In a pot, cook the mixture for two to three minutes, stirring frequently. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pan and clump together. Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container.

"Salt" Playdough
I love this recipe for making ornaments, handprints, or for making creations you want to last.

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Stir ingredients together. Knead well until it forms a soft ball. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, make the shapes you want, and bake in the oven at 300 degrees or until hard (about one hour). You can use food coloring to color dough before you bake it, or paint it afterwards. For the best results, you should coat your items with a clear coat to make them last.

No matter which recipe you choose...
Pull out your cookie cutters, old pairs of school scissors, cover your table and enjoy some fun! Most kids can spend

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