Neither of the kids have made it before so it seemed like a great time to give it a go. They were both pretty excited. Funshine played with play dough at a friends house the other day and really enjoyed it.
Full disclosure, I had ZERO intention of blogging about this. By the time I was working on batch 2 it was a thought buzzing around and batch 3 sealed the deal. You'll have to overlook the awful pictures and flash, it wasn't a good day weather wise for indoor photography.
Here is the link to the original tutorial, I ran across it on Pinterest. The original post is great, but it leaves a little bit to be desired in the information department. Either way it's really, really easy. We made 4 batches.
|Love-A-Lot, making a weird face, missing several teeth.|
|Funshine, this is the only picture I could use because he still closes his eyes every time due to the flash.|
Here we go:
You'll need the following: (Per Batch) 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of corn starch, 1 1/2 cups water, and food coloring if desired. I'm not sure the exact amount of food coloring, they were new bottles and now they are at the little line on the side, maybe a little less then 1/3.
|It doesn't matter what brand you use the Corn Starch was $1 a box from Wal-Mart, I got the huge bag of baking soda from Sam's Club for like $8, food coloring was from Wal-Mart (I don't remember the price, but it was cheap).|
|I set out 4 bowls and got it all ready to go so they could crush it up while I was cooking the dough.|
To save yourself some trouble thoroughly mix together the liquid and powder ingredients. This was a step I would have found helpful in the original post, but I figured it out on my own by the second batch. Once it's fully mixed, then kick your heat on.
Cook the dough on medium-low heat while stirring. I used a flat ended wooden spoon. I HIGHLY recommend it. You can thoroughly scrape the sides and bottom of the pot. I don't have nonstick cookware, it may be easier for you if you do, I had a lot of sticking.
Continue to cook it, you will see it start to get dry.
You will notice the texture start to change and it will start to stick together more.
At this point you are nearly there.
About 7 minutes later it's pretty much done. I'm cooking on a 50's electric cook top so your time may vary. That's why I made sure to add pictures of each stage.
When it's hot, it is still pretty sticky. I sprinkled the counter with cornstarch and dumped the dough out for it to cool off so I could knead it.
Once it cools down a bit start to knead it. It will still be pretty warm on the inside so be careful, flatten it out a bit and let it cool a little more.
The it takes about 5 or 10 minutes for it to be cooled down enough to no longer be sticky.
This dough is so silky smooth, it feels so nice to touch and has no smell or anything like that.
It has a hint of shimmer, you can see it here in the pink.
Here it is in the green. Love-A-Lot was just tickled to death with it. Funshine loved playing with it and making snakes and balls.
Each batch yielded 1 lb 12 5/8 oz worth of dough! So yes, we made 7 POUNDS of play dough. It was worth it.
We stored ours in quart sized bags so we could squeeze out all the excess air.
I have no idea about the longevity of this dough, but so far we've had a blast with it. Even if it doesn't last too long it was cheap, fun, and easy.
|Look at Funshine's sweet little hands.|
Make this you, won't regret it!