Do you remember mom’s homemade play dough? Always green and mint-scented. Always. For some reason I associate this with St. Patrick’s Day. Ring any bells?
I made the first batch of my own a couple of months ago and it had MM occupied for an entire hour while I actually got things done. It was magic, so I made more (a few different colors, no mint extract) and its facilitated plenty of quiet, creative play when we’ve been stuck in the house. Just this morning MM said she was making play dough”coooookies.”
Just like the finger paint, play dough is easy and painless and it uses the same ingredients in different proportions. So if you have what you need for one, you can make the other.
This recipe is for one good side lump of dough, you’ll want to make one batch for each color you want to make
1 cup of All Purpose Flour
1/3 cup of Salt
2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon of Coconut or Canola Oil
1 cup of Water
Whisk together your dry ingredient in a small saucepan, then add the water, oil, and food coloring (in whatever color combo you want) and continue whisking until smooth. Transfer to the stove and begin cooking on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture has thickened into a dough texture and forms a ball. Remove onto a cutting board, cool for 5 minutes or so, then knead for a minute to create a smooth dough.
This play dough keeps really well. The batches I made months ago are still soft and fresh (and color swirled) after being kept in a large latching canning jar.