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Home made Play Dough
“Mom! I need something to chew and something to squeeze.”
Oh the joys of living with a child who is a senosry seeker. I handed him a piece of gum and asked if he wanted to make some dough to pay with. What followed was pure magic as the next two hours were full of creativity, kids getting along, and left me with time to wash the dishes in peace.
I’ve used this play dough recipe for many years, I like it because it is super , non-toxic (though it tastes awful, don’t ask how I know!), and doesn’t need to be heated. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and it’ll stay good for weeks.
The following recipe makes a lot, easily enough for 2 kids to play with. I made our first batch using a stand mixer with a dough hook but the second batch I did by hand and it turned out much more elastic.
½ C cold water
½ cup salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
liquid food coloring
1 ½ C flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
In a bowl mix the water, salt, oil, and food coloring.
In another bowl sift the flour and cornstarch together, then add to the liquid.
Slowly mix the dough with a wooden spoon, when it gets too tough to mix with the spoon switch to using your hand. Knead the dough until it gets nice and doughy. If the mix to is too you can add water 1 teaspoon at a time until it reaches the consistency you like.
Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.
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