Yesterday was a busy day. Cooking, cleaning, baking and mommying. A friend suggested I make my toddler play dough to help keep her happy and busy when I can’t be hands on with her. I have been wanting to make play dough for some for quite a while but never got around to it. I have made it before when I was younger for my baby sister and kids I babysat over the years but it was time my little one had some too. This recipe is safe for toddlers in case they decide to eat some. It makes quite a bit too! I ended up giving half to the neighbors!
You will need:
*2 1/2 cups flour (unsure how gluten free flours would work if you are curious)
*2 cups hot water
*1/2 cup salt (I used Kosher)
*3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used melted coconut)
*1 tablespoon cream of tartar
For coloring and/or flavoring you can use 2 packages of a powdered drink such as Kool-Aid or use food coloring and either food grade “kids safe” edible essential oils or flavoring extract. For the second option I would experiment with what works for you to determine how much you need.
Start heating up water. I used a pot on the stove top but you can use a tea kettle or a microwave.
Mix! Mix! Mix!
You will need to mix for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth, flexible and cool. Alternatively, you can knead it once it cools for the same amount of time. Kneading produces a better dough I have found.