It’s a rainy day here in Mill Valley and seemingly I needed some creative back ups with the two year old!
I stumbled upon this recipe and what I love MOST about it, is that you don’t need to make this on the stove. My two year old poured everything into the bowl and I simply added the hot water and mixed!
I did not use any dye or food coloring (as the recipe suggests) but rather mixed in a packet of crystal light pink lemonade powder! I also added some glitter for a ‘girly’ finish to a fun rainy day activity!
And when we were trying to make rings for our fingers, we added some rhinestones as well! No doubt they were a hit!
HEREâ€™S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE BEST PLAYDOUGH RECIPE:
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 2 Tbsp of Oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
The secret to brilliant colors in your playdough is using gel food coloring â€“ you can find the in the cake decorating sections of craft/hobby stores, or on the baking aisle in the grocery store.Â
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PLAYDOUGH:
- Pour 2 cups of Â flour into a bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup of salt.
- Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar. (You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.)
- Add 2 tbsp of oil. For this recipe I used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil, and as long as itâ€™s a kitchen oil, your playdough will be non-toxic and safe if a little one takes a tiny taste. Â The sodium level is very high, so we donâ€™t encourage this to double as a snack.
- Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because this makes the dough HOT!
- Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough. At this point, if you donâ€™t want to add any food dye to your playdough, youâ€™re finished!
- After itâ€™s cooled, to make several different colors of playdough, separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls.
- Now, punch out the middle of the ball to leave a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into.
- Drip your gel dye into the bowls. This is a great time to mix dye colors if you want to make another color.
- Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. This is VERY messy! If you donâ€™t want to stain your hands, use gloves, and make sure to put something down so you donâ€™t stain your counter.