Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Have you ever tried making your own playdoh? Here is a simple no-cook recipe that takes less than 30 minute to whip up.

Homemade Playdoh - Oops

Making homemade playdoh was in my plans for a while, especially as I was reading the posts about the fun the kids are having with it. On Monday we finally managed to move from theory to practice. You are all going to laugh, but I bought Tartar sauce in the store thinking that it’s the same as cream of tartar, which I remembered as an ingredient needed for homemade playdoh. Fortunately, I looked
it up on Wikipedia before starting the project and had to change my plans quickly to no-cook playdoh. We had all the materials we needed for it - salt, flour, oil, and food coloring. Smarty was totally engaged and interested in the making of playdoh from start to finish. She read the recipe with me, measured and mixed, but “delegated” to me when it came to getting her hands sticky with kneading it. Feb1_PlayDoh_3

3 Year Old Making No-Cook Playdoh

The best part was using food coloring and making playdoh balls of different color. Smarty was very fascinated with the whole process of dropping food coloring inside, rolling and pounding white dough and seeing color seeping through. We ended up with 7 balls of playdoh in the end, but next time I won’t make so much – the whole process took about an hour, and then Smarty played with it for maybe 10 minutes. I am sure though that she will play with her new playdoh more this week and maybe will even dare to make something from more than one color. My husband reinforced the rule of not mixing playdoh for so long that she was refusing to make anything that would involve more than one color yesterday and got upset with me when I tried to make a multi color creation to show her that it’s OK.

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Annette said...

We don't mix colors either, but maybe we would if we made it ourselves.

Kim said...

I love that you bought tartar sauce! That sounds like me. Glad you didn't go ahead and use it...
Even if she didn't play with it much, there was an hour of learning while making it! We DO mix colors - all of our playdoh is a mess, but I figure if Crumpet doesn't care, why should I really?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

You should have tried the tartar sauce, it might have had some interesting results!

Debbie said...

That is funny that you bought tarter sauce. There have been somethings that have stumped me too.

I use to do this in Sunday school, but I would hide the the food coloring inside balls of dough then put it in plastic bags. Oh the looks on the kids faces as they squeezed it and made new colors.

Christy said...

I have never understood the "don't mix colors" rule. I know the idea is to keep the play dough looking nice and pretty, but what fun is that? Oh well, to each their own.

WE love to make play dough.

Crunchy and Green said...

What fun! We love to make playdough too, and often add scents or glitter to "pretty" it up.

I admit, I am usually the first one to mix the playdough colors up, well before the kids!!

Susana said...

Natalie, this post brought a smile to my face:-). I'm glad you got to make your playdough!

I have to admit, I cringe inside when the kids mix the playdough colors, but manage to keep my mouth shut. We have many, many containers here of what I call "mud dough".

After a while I just throw it out and let them start all over with their mixing--I mean playing:-).

Kylie said...

That's the best apart about home made playdoh, if you do mix it then you can just make some more!!!

Autumn said...

We haven't made playdough in many months, but it's on the top of my "Rainy Day activities list", the next time we have a day when we're hopelessly stuck in the house.

I also cringe when they mix colors, I think because it took so much effort to make the colors to begin with. Luckily they're not *terribly* interested in mixing colors.

Elise said...

Most of our play doh is all one colour - muddy brown. I have managed to try and save a few colours and keep them separately.

Savvy doesn't like kneading dough either. How fun for Anna to be involved in the whole process of making play doh and colouring it.

Thank you so much for sharing your number cards. I will certainly be printing these off and linking to you and your blog when we use them. I also really appreciate all of your ideas to help us use them in creative ways.

As far as new year resolutiuons go, I have been having good weeks and not so good weeks. I am trying to be more accepting of situations that are beyond my control, I really need to work on being more consistent though.

Ticia said...

I keep wanting to make play dough, but haven't yet. I love her reactions to the different parts, the not wanting to be messy and the not mixing colors.
As always thanks for linking up.

S said...

Oh my gosh, I want to make Playdoh!! How fun :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What did you think of the no-cook playdough? We made some once and it wasn't as nice as our stovetop version. Too funny about the tartar sauce, but to be honest every single time I read our playdough recipe I admit it makes me think of tartar sauce! M mixes the colors together and while I *say* it doesn't bother me (and it doesn't bother me a huge amount), I still tend to make only one color of homemade playdough at a time, or two colors that make a nice pretty third color when mixed together. Hee hee.

MaryAnne said...

I would probably make the same tartar sauce mistake if I hadn't grown up in a play dough making household =)

And I bought cream of tartar THREE times last fall when I was thinking about making play dough - went to the store three different weeks and each time had forgotten to take it off my list. Major mommy brain. And then I waited several more months to actually make the play dough. At least now I can make unlimited supplies...