Easy Homemade Playdough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
This recipe makes a large amount, probably equal to 2-3 containers from the store. So you might want to halve it or make it in 2 saucepans.
In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt. The salt keeps it from sticking and also helps preserve it, so you definitely want that in there. If you make more than one batch, feel free to play around with the amount though. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup and that made it a little too much of a salty texture for what we wanted so I decreased it to 1/3 cup and that worked much better.
Add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be a little lumpy.
Keep stirring until it starts getting a little solid. If there are still a few lumps, that’s ok – you can work them out later. If your stove is already hot, this may only take 20-30 seconds, but it may take 2-3 minutes if it’s still heating up.
Once it reaches that point, add the food coloring right away. It will be much easier to mix up if you do it now. Stir. Now the dough will start getting thicker and a little lumpy. Just keep stirring. Once the dough starts gathering together around the spoon you know it’s done.
This may be 20 seconds or 2 minutes from the time you put the food coloring in, again depending on how hot your stove is.
Take it out of the saucepan and put it on some waxed paper or a plate to cool. Once it’s cooled, knead the playdough for a minute or two to get out any lumps and to get it to a better consistency.
For storage, put it in a ziploc bag. It seems to be hardier than the store bought stuff and doesn’t dry out as easily. If it does get dry, you can work a few drops of water into it.
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