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When my kids were little, they loved playdough. Actually who am I kidding, they still love it!
Because I love to cook and so do my kids, we used to make our own playdough often. They loved picking their colors. Sometimes, we would scent the playdough with vanilla or peppermint extract. Smelled so good. Of course, I wouldn’t do this with very young children who might be tempted to eat the dough. But then again, with these ingredients, it probably wouldn’t be that bad!
We always used this recipe from their preschool teacher. Preschool teacher approved! It doesn’t get any better than that.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup cold water
1 TSBP oil
coloring of your choosing
1) Sift flour, salt and cream of tartar.
2) Put all ingredients into a non-stick sauce pan and whisk together until smooth and creamy
3) Cook over medium heat stirring until a ball of dough forms (about 1 – 2 minutes)
4) Remove from heat.
5) Knead for 5 mins. Store in airtight container.
Cream of tartar can be expensive. I tried cutting back to 1 tsp. It’s OK, but the cream of tartar gives the dough it’s smooth silky consistency. If you buy cream of tartar in bulk, it is so much cheaper. Try Whole Foods bulk bins, Penzey’s, or other bulk spice companies.
As for the coloring, when we made this dough, I was not the greenie I am now. We used Wilton icing color paste. Probably not the best choice. Now I would try some natural dyes like the ones I did for Easter eggs this year replacing the water with the dye.