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Friday, June 27, 2014

Homemade Play Dough

My daughter LOVES play dough. She plays with it all the time, so after a while it begins to dry out. To help me avoid having to buy new play dough, I just make my own. It's super easy and cheap. Plus, I know exactly what is in my homemade version. That way I don't have to call poison control if the kid decides she suddenly needs a salty snack.

Another reason I don't buy play dough: I looked up the ingredients for Hasbro's Play-Doh. Want to know what's in it? Well, sorry folks, you will NEVER know! Here is their statement:

"The exact ingredients of PLAY-DOH compound are proprietary, so we cannot share them with you. We can tell you that it is primarily a mixture of water, salt and flour. It does NOT contain peanuts, peanut oil, or any milk byproducts. It DOES contain wheat. PLAY-DOH compound is not a food item and is not intended to be eaten."

What?! Um, NO THANK YOU! I don't think I want to risk my child handling this when she still has the tendency to stick her fingers in her mouth and eat whatever looks edible, especially when I have NO clue what is in it. And why should I when it's so much easier and cheaper to make it myself?



Homemade Play Dough

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water and natural food coloring

*I love to add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil for fragrance. Smells amazing!

Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium-sized pot
Add oil and colored water and stir until ingredients are well blended.
Place pot on the stove over low/medium heat. Cook the dough while stirring for 3-5 mins until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pot.
Allow the dough to cool a little and then knead until desired texture.
Store in an airtight container.


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