I have found that homemade playdough lasts so much longer than store bought if you use the right recipe. I’ve had homemade playdough last for over a year and keep it’s softness when stored in an airtight container. I have not always found this to be true of the store bought variety. This particular playdough recipe is perfect for children who like their dough really soft and squishy. I can attest to it keeping it softness because we mixed this batch two months ago, brought it out the other day and it still has the same texture as when we first made it. Just keep in mind that there is vegetable oil in it so it does make the surface area a bit oily.
Soft and Squishy Playdough
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1 Cup of Salt
- 4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
- Food Coloring
- 2 Cups Flour
- 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
Pour the water into a bowl, add the salt and cream of tartar, and some food coloring. Pour this mixture into a pot and heat it over the stove on low heat. (Or simply mix the first four ingredients in the pot rather than a separate bowl). Add the flour and mix until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the pot. Remove the dough from the pot, let it cool slightly and then knead for a couple of minutes.
**Adapted recipe from First Art by Maryann Kohl
Pour the water into a bowl.
Add the salt and cream of tartar.
Squeeze in the food coloring. We used about 12 drops total.
Pour the mixture into a pot and heat it on the stovetop over low heat.
Add the flour and mix until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the pot.
Remove the dough from the pot, let it cool slightly, and then knead on the counter for a couple of minutes. Next, it’s playtime!
Cutting out shapes!
Store your new dough in an airtight container to be played with again and again.
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