Thursday, September 10, 2009

Homemade Playdough

We got this fun cookbook for Claire when we were in Savannah back in May. It has got some really cute kid-friendly recipes and is a great way to introduce your children to cooking and reading recipes. It even gives step-by-step instructions (with pictures) about kitchen tools, how to use them, etc.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, we finally got around to making playdough. This was definitely a fun childhood memory for me. The playdough in our church classes was always homemade. Claire opted to make purple playdough, which turned out to be more of a muted gray color. And, when David decided to eat a little bit, which I knew he would do, at least I knew what he was eating! Now, I just need to find a recipe for edible crayons.

Here are some pics from our playdough day.

Here is the recipe:

1c. all-purpose flour

1/4c. salt

2T. cream of tartar

2-3 drops food coloring

1T. vegetable oil

Combine dry ingredients in pot and stir with spoon. Combine food coloring, oil and 1c. water. Start with 2 drops food coloring to see if you like the color. Add one drop at a time until you get the color you like. Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. The dough will start globbing together. When it forms a ball in the middle of the pots, it's done. Remove dough from pot and let it cool for 10 minutes. Knead it until color is all worked in and dough is workable. Store in resealable plastic bag or plastic container with lid. Yield: 2 cups playdough.

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