D is for Dough

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, today we are learning the letter D! D is for Dough! Playdough to be exact.

Did you know you can make playdough at home? In any color! My toddler loves playdough. All of ours dried out, Amazon Prime shipping is taking forever, and as I try to figure out ways to keep him entertained I decided to sacrifice a bit of our precious flour for the cause.

There are tons of playdough recipes out there. This one is from
www.funathomewithkids.com and seems eerily similar to the real thing! I make small batches of different colors instead of huge batches so this recipe reflects that!

Playdough Recipe

TOOLS

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon or spatula
  • Nonstick Pan
  • Whisk

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2.5 tbsp fine salt 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • food coloring or liquid watercolor (amount varies depending on intensity you want)
  • 1/2 tbsp of oil (vegetable, canola, olive)

 

STEPS (all toddler friendly except if noted)

Wash hands

20+ seconds. 

Water and soap. You know the drill. 

 

Take out all your ingredients

It’s easier to have everything out!

Mix the dry ingredients

Whisk together the flour, cream of tarter and salt

Add in the wet ingredients!

First pick your color of choice. Add in food coloring or liquid watercolors. I have found the color of the water is pretty similar to the color the playdough will turn out. 

Add it in and whisk together until no lumps remain. Should be smooth!

Parent Step: Cook it up!

 

Pour the liquid into a nonstick pan and cook until there are no sticky parts anymore! I find it easier to make it into a big flat tortilla like this. 

Move to a plate where it can cool. Make sure your kid doesn’t touch it, it will be hot!

Knead the dough

Once it is cool it is time to knead the dough! Feels like we have been making bread huh? Kids can help you squish it and roll it. 

When you’re done playing put it in a sealed container or a ziploc bag and it can last as long as 6 months!

Mold it

 

Mold it into a tiger. Parenting win. 

Play dough tiger