Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is wonderful stuff which was invented by accident in 1956 while trying to find wallpaper cleaner. It has been used by children around the world since 1965. Every kid should have the opportunity to play with the stuff and be as creative as they can be. Unfortunately there is something in the Hasbro Playdoh which has always made my nose twitch and itch. The smell bothers me so much that I hadn't let my little one have any.

Here is where the day care came to a rescue. My son's class made play dough. Their stuff is great. It is weeks old and still going strong. It is soft, pliable and the kids love it. His teacher was kind enough to pass the recipe on to us. By posting it here I'm sure to have it handy when the first batch does eventually die.

Play Dough Recipe

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 cups water
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.

Other play dough recipes can be found at TeachNet.com

Wikipedia history of Playdoh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_Dough

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