Quinlan loves play dough. He will play with it for at least a half hour. He still put it in his mouth someitmes, which is why I like to make my own so that I know it is safe to eat. I also made some for Aidan’s kindergarten classroom and I found a great recipe that didn’t have too much salt and used kool-aid for colour and smell.
I also promised Tracey that I would post the recipe so that she could make some for Christmas presents. So Tracey, here it is.
Cooked Play Dough
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 packages of kool-aid (the kind that you add sugar)
Mix dry ingredients together. Mix the kool-aid into the water, add the oil and mix with the dry ingredients. Stir in a large pot over medium heat. When mixture pulls away from the side and forms a ball, remove from heat. Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured counter and knead.
Can be kept in an airtight container, or baked at 250 deg. F for 1-3 hours depending on the size of the object.
I also really like a non-cooked play dough for making ornaments. It is still and edible salt dough, but it has a nice smell and bakes nicely for tree ornaments.
Gingerbread Play Dough
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered alum
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Brown Paste Food Colouring (Optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice or use cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg to your own measure. (I always use more than the recipe asks for.)
In a bowl combine the flour, salt and alum. Add the oil and boiling water. MIx well and then add the spice and food colouring. Knead on a floured board until smooth.
You can bake at 250 deg. F or air dry. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
For making ornament use cookie cutters, or just sculpt. Have fun and get playing!