Thursday, May 6, 2010

Frugal Friday: Homemade Play Dough

Here is a simple recipe for Homemade Play Dough. My Mom made this for me when I was a child and I loved it! I now make it for my son. Play Dough is so expensive now and I think the homemade version is much better. This recipe is safe if it is ingested however I would not recommend it. It smells good but does not taste good (don't ask me how I know this).

Play Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup warm Water
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Extract, Vanilla Extract or Mint Extract (other flavors will work too)

Mix together flour, water, cream of tartar, oil and salt in a sauce pan. Slowly add in food coloring. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and add extract (optional). Knead until smooth and the extract is well blended. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

This makes a great Birthday gift. Simply put the play dough in a plastic container and add some cookie cutters or other accessories from the Dollar Store. For an added touch you can put it all together in a gift basket. I love buying gift baskets at garage sales and thrift stores, they are usually priced around $.25-$.50 each.
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  1. What is it with play dough?! Kids just can't seem to get enough of it. This is the first time I've seen a recipe with the extract, but I can imagine the scent is much more pleasant.

  2. I made this today but it didn't work :( It was too soft and runny, more like batter than dough. Any ideas what I did wrong?? Thanks!

  3. First, make sure your cream of tartar is not expired. This is just like making any other kind of dough (bread, cookie, etc.) you might need to add more flour to get the dough to the right consistency. I hope this helps!


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