So it’s not surprising to me that Mel’s recipe for play-doh is the best! I don’t have anything against store-bought, but it gets pricey and because of that I turn into “fun hater mom” cause I don’t want the Crazies to mix the colors. But then I let them, but then it’s all one big mess and inevitably we don’t put the lid on well enough so next time it’s a rock anyways and all that fun-hating was in vain. So now that I say that, maybe I do have something against store-bought play-doh…Buuuuut making it at home has solved this and I get to be “cool fun mom” instead! Now play-doh is more of a disposable toy! Play for a week and toss!
I’ve tried a lot of recipes for play-doh (using Jello, Kool-aid…). While I haven’t disliked any of them, this one is by far the easiest, cheapest and fastest!!
Homemade Playdough from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
*Makes about 2 1/2 cups of playdough
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil, like canola or vegetable
4-6 drops food coloring
In a medium saucepan, combine the dry ingredients. In a 2-cup or larger liquid measuring cup, combine the water, oil, and food coloring. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball (it will be shaggy and messy looking). This should only take a few minutes.
On a lightly greased countertop, turn out the playdough and knead until smooth. Store the playdough in a tightly covered container or ziploc bag. Tightly covered, the playdough will keep for several months.