Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Play Dough Goodness February 23, 2009

Filed under: Craft — twlowenstein @ 12:29 pm
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February is the month I volunteered to make play dough for my son’s classroom. We had great success with the first batch, a pink sparklie blob made tons more fun used in conjunction with a brain jello mold (stolen borrowed from a friend).  No photos of the play dough brain but I snapped plenty of round 2.

Pretty Standard Play dough Recipe (as given to me by my son’s teachers)

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 cups water

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup cream of tartar  (this stuff is a little pricey but I always do what teachers tell me!)

Mix in saucepan and stir until dough is formed and not sticky.

glitter,kool aide, food coloring, curry (will get to this soon) optional

*I believe this is my first recipe I’m sharing on my blog. Dinner at my house for all my friends!


I won’t admit what time it was last night/this morning when I found myself at the stove mixing up this batch like a mad scientist.  Let me recommend that you not double the recipe.  I decided to so I could make an extra big batch for school and have some left over for my youngest to enjoy.  Man, “stirring” the globby mess for about 30 minutes or so was not enjoyable.  Next time I will mix up the dry ingredients and cook it in 2 separate batches.  Something else I will do differently is leave out the curry powder.   I have used curry and coffee to dye playsilks before with really cool results.  Not so with play dough.  First off, I dumped all my sweet curry from Penzey’s into the play dough, never to be seen but sweet goodness are we SMELLING it!  I’m guessing the teachers are going to politely ask me to make another round tonight.  I ended up using food coloring and made an orange and a yellow.  I rolled them into balls with the yellow on the outside and the red “hidden”inside.  Hope they are enjoyed.  We have had a blast smelling playing with our lot this morning.

I’m typing a plug for the play dough accoutrements to be found in your house (or in thrift stores).  We go on a hunt as part of our playdough prep and this time we came up with an egg slicer, tea bag press, magnifying glass, pencil, straws, tooth picks, sandwich shaping thingie, measuring cups, bottle caps and a building block to use as a roller.

Feel free to share any of your play dough tips and tricks!  Always looking to mix it up. or like they sing on Yo Gabba Gabba, “Go crazy, go crazy!”.  That show is a larger part of my life than a) I would like and b) would like to admit.


11 Responses to “Play Dough Goodness”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    CURRY playdough! Just think of it as a theme to go along with Oscar winner, Slumdog Millinaire!!

  2. cindy Says:

    i wonder if it tastes as good at the Play-Doh brand. I used to LOVE eating that stuff as a kid.. EEEEEEK he he

  3. Chris Says:

    What better way to see playdough than through a magnifying glass. Unless, of course, it’s through the egg cutter.

  4. Kenny Says:

    I won’t lie: I definitely ate playdough as a kid. As in, A LOT of playdough. I could make it a whole meal. My mom would always ask, “What happened to all the playdough?” I would just shrug and pretend there was a different reason for my being full at dinner time.

  5. the claw Says:

    Need to try this out, We dry out more playdough than we play with over here and I think it would be fun to make some of the sparkly variety. And I find myself singing “wiggle wiggle wiggle go wiggle wiggle wiggle stop – hoooooold stilllllll” often. I know if you watch Yo Gabba Gabba you are gettin my reference.

  6. Anne Says:

    I’ve never made playdough, but now I have to. My son loves to eat it.

  7. Pod Says:

    Try baby oil instead of cooking oil for a nice smell or you can add a few drops of peppermint oil or other essential oils (If making for a group of kids check for any alleries first)
    At our preschool we also add rice for a texture, but it will make theplaydough dry out quickly.

  8. the claw Says:

    If I ever finish this post tonight I will have something for you at the claw…do pop in.

  9. Lisa Says:

    You’ve inspired me with your humour and beautiful photography! I haven’t made play dough for probably a year. I’m not sure I even have the ingredients, ha ha.

  10. Jackie Says:

    Gorgeous photos. What a pleasure to roam around your inspiring blog. Such a treat to find you.
    : )

  11. melissa s. Says:

    the egg slicer is genius!!! I use turmeric which smells way, way less powerful than curry. but i only make 1 cup batches at a time so not sure how far the pigment will go.

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