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Preschool Fun: Playdough

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 14, 2008 @ 7:55 pm In Family Fun,Learning | 5 Comments

Whether you buy your playclay at StuffMart or use the recipe below, you are sure to have a good time with your little ones. Smooshing clay seems to relieve stress or something. Use plastic placemats to contain the mess. You don’t need all the tools that they make, either. Just a few cookie cutters, a rolling pin, and a plastic knife. Sit with your little guy and create all sorts of pretend food, critters, toys – you name it. (Your big guys will probably enjoy this, too.)

Playdough recipe
½ cup salt
1 cup flour
1 T. cream of tartar
1 T. oil
1 c. water
food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, scraping the bottom to make sure all dry ingredients are incorporated into the mixture. Heat over low temperature, stirring constantly. Dough will be ready when liquid starts to evaporate and mixture starts to form a ball around your spoon. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Allow to cool slightly. Knead dough to a pliable consistency. Store in a Ziploc-type plastic bag. Dough should stay good for about 4-6 weeks when stored airtight at room temperature.

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