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I have had this recipe tucked away for years, but in all honesty, it has been years since I pulled it out and used it. Since my husband and the older kids are all away for the greater part of today, I thought I would mix up a couple batches for the littles to play with.

This recipe came from my husband’s Aunt. Thanks, Faith! It is a really nice texture. I wanted to share this recipe with photographs so you could get an idea of the process. That way, when the lumps show up, you won’t be concerned that it is flopping.

Let’s gather the ingredients:

The ingredients
Flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, oil, food coloring
Food coloring options
Food coloring options. Any type will do.

Combine in pan:

1 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbl. oil
Food coloring (Don’t be shy here. Be generous with the food coloring to get vibrant colors.)

Play dough in a pan
Play dough in a pan. The beginnings of great things.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Medium heat
Medium heat
Mixing it up
Mixing it up
Stirring constantly
Stirring constantly
Progress
Progress
Getting thicker. Switched to whisk
Getting thicker. Switched to whisk
Ta da! A ball forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!
Ta da! A ball is forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!
Almost done
Almost done

Let’s check out the yellow:

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.
Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Knead until smooth. Kids do this perfectly!

Love these colors!
Love these colors!
Good look'n dough
Good look’n dough
Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.
Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

 

The blue didn’t turn out so good. It needed to cook on the stove longer. We discovered that letting it sit out for a couple hours dried it to the point it became really nice to work with.

Store in a sealed container. We used gallon zip lock bags.

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to whip up a batch for my little guy this weekend.

  2. Hello, Ruth! I just got your sweet comment. =) I don’t have an email to respond to you, so this will have to do. =) Google+ messes that stuff up, which is why I avoid it like the plague. I will watch for you on my blog! It’s great to meet you!

  3. Michelle blessedwith3boys

    Ruth thank you for this post with such beautiful playdoh colors! This brings back fond memories of when my boys and brothers were little. Those days were so precious and hold a special place in my heart.

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