Keeping a 3 year old entertained can be difficult when the weather’s bad outside and it’s always a struggle to keep them away from the TV. I thought I’d make some playdough for my younger brother to keep him occupied during the holidays even if it was only for a little while!
I wasn’t too sure if this was actually going to work but to my surprise it came out great so I’m going to share the recipe with you guys.
- 2.5 cups water
- 1 1/4 c. salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2.5 cups Plain flour
- Gel Food colouring
- Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
- Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance. Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.
- Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
- Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you’d like to make.
- Add the colouring and knead until the colour is all incorporated.
- Play with the dough right away or store it in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months.
Recipe taken from: Tinkerlab
For more ideas on projects to do with young kids or to see the original post for this recipe visit her website http://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough.