Preschool Fun: Playdough

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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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  1. There is a Kool-Aid playdough recipe out there too. It is a little different, but, I bet you could just add a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid mix to this recipe (instead of food coloring)to give it color and smell. The red kind smells so good!

  2. mamalookingup says:

    Sweet! Tomorrow’s supposed to be rainy yet again so you can bet a playdough party will be on the agenda. Thanks!

  3. FishMama says:

    Janel, Will you post the recipe for us or send it to me? I had it at one time, but lost it long ago. And I’m too lazy to google it today.;)

  4. We used to make this recipe all the time. It makes great play dough. Sounds like a fun weekend surprise. Thanks for posting!

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