Tuesday Crafternoon: Play Dough Color Factory

Today we made beautiful, colorful play dough at Crafternoon! Miss Susan mixed  it up at home using a recipe from My Montessori Journey, and added a light base color. Then the children added more color using Watercolor Magic paints, mixed in a little glitter, gave their color creations names, and took them home in cute little tubs.

A lot of the grownups asked for our play dough recipe, so here it is (courtesy of My Montessori Journey).

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

1 cup water

Food coloring of your choice (we used Kool-Aid to get our base color — one packet of Kool-Aid per 2 cups of flour)

Add-ins of your choice (i.e. spices, extracts, glitter, etc.)

Stir ingredients together well.  Just measure them into the saucepan you will be using to cook the dough, but mix them well before heating up the pan.  Over medium heat cook the dough, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  (NOTE:  When it starts to pull away from the sides somewhat and clump together and most of the “wet-looking” parts look dry, it’s ready to remove from the pan.)  Turn dough onto a board (or the countertop) and knead until very smooth.  (NOTE:  It will be pretty warm to the touch, but try to knead it until it becomes a nice, smooth ball.  If it feels sticky, you can work a little more flour into it and it will be fine.)  Cool.  Store in a covered plastic container OR in a sealed ziploc bag. 

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