Homemade Playdough

I’ve started making fun little games and activities here at home so that when he becomes bored with a $30 toy after 6 minutes I don’t feel so frustrated. Paper towel rolls are free. 🙂
So this week I made playdough. It’s a pretty simple recipe and makes a REALLY good consistency. It’s all natural ingredients (except the food coloring) so if your Boxer happens to eat an entire ball of it, he’ll be ok.

1C all purpose flour
1/2 C salt
2t cream of tartar (this is a powder acid taken from oak barrels after aging wine)
1C water
1T vegetable oil
food coloring to suit

Start out by putting all the ingredients together in a non-stick pot (one that you don’t really like) and put it over medium low heat. KEEP STIRRING IT. Don’t walk away to make a bottle or flip the laundry. It only takes 5-7 minutes. All of a sudden you’ll start seeing clumps and then the clumps will join hands and make one big clump. It’ll start to look like the picture.



Then you take it out and set the clump on a plastic cutting board and knead it. I did it for about 10 minutes. The color will start to blend and you’ll start to feel it getting to the right consistency. Taste it.

It’s awful.


Don't taste it.

Now comes the funniest part. Abe and I started playing with it and all he wanted to do was put it in his mouth. I told him not to do it a million times until finally, he went for it.

Trying to sweep it out of his mouth.



He was so seriously pissed at me. But it’s not like I didn’t warn him.




Once we finally got past eating it, we played with it and it was pretty fun. He loved squishing it between his fingers. He also liked stacking the playdough balls I made for him and putting them into the tupperware, then pulling them back out. Overall I’d say it was a success once he washed his mouth out with almond milk. 🙂


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