Monday, October 26, 2009

Homemade Play Dough

This is kind of a "twofer" activity!  Activity 1: make play dough.  Activity 2: play!

Rumor has it this recipe came from Parents Magazine.  I wasn't able to find it online or in my magazines to give credit where credit is due.  It's a great, all-natural recipe though!  Natural, stain-free coloring too.

1 cup flour
3/8 cup salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
natural coloring of your choice:
  • brown = 3/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon hot water + 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • pink = 3/8 cup hot beet juice
  • yellow = 3/8 cup hot water + 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • orange = 3/8 cup hot water + 1 Tablespoon paprika

Allow your child to add the ingredients after you've measured them out.  Explain what you're doing as you measure!  Give them a chance to mix the play dough first and then you can finish combining all the ingredients.  Then, split the play dough in half and play with your tot!  Use rolling pins and cookie cutters too!

This is the orange playdough using a tablespoon of paprika:

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