Wednesday, January 12, 2011

5 Minute Homemade PlayDoh

This took about 5 minutes to make, with three little helpers, and they have been playing with it for over an hour, so it is a great "snow day" craft. I work at home, which means I don't have to worry about going out in the snow...but it also means I still need to work even though all the girls are home.

Here's how we made it:
Supplies:
1 cup flour
1 cut table salt
1/2 cup water * I used rosewater because it smells nice, but plain old tap water will work as well.
Food coloring or Koolaid powder (optional, you can also make things with the white clay, then paint when they are dry).

To make:
Dump the flour and salt into a big bowl. Add the water and mix until blended. Divvy up into portions and give each kid one to knead. Kneading will activate the gluten in the flour and make a smooth clay.

As you knead, add a few drops of food coloring to each ball. Use a different color for each. I used food color leftover from dying wool (it is actually Easter Egg dye).


Adding food coloring.
Once you are happy with the colors, divide the clay between the kids and sneak off for a cup of coffee or to work (I did both!)

Finished clay:5 minutes from ingredients to done!
When the kiddos are done, let the clay air dry overnight, or if you just can't wait, bake it in the oven at 200 degrees for about a half hour.

This can be used at other times of year, like to make these cute Mickey Mouse pumpkins for Halloween.

2 comments:

  1. On our FOURTH snow day this week, I say anything to keep kids occupied is a good thing! ;) www.paperstarfish.prettyposies.com

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  2. 4! Wow, I thought one was tough! Stay warm!

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