Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Homemade Playdough

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If you follow me on Instagram, @thecountrypeony, you may have noticed that my three-year-old son and I love playing in the kitchen. He is at the age where he wants to try everything, and I try to encourage his enthusiasm for learning. Since my son loves playdough I thought it would be fun for him to help me make his own version. DIY Natural has a simple and easy-to-follow playdough recipe that we used.

My son and I had a great time making this playdough, but this is a very messy process (especially with an excited three-year-old). Therefore, I recommend a dose of patience added to the ingredients list.

Ingredients & Tools:
  • 1 cup of flour. Plus a handful of flour to help roll out your playdough onto the countertop. 
  • 1/4 cup of salt. I only used sea salt, because that is what I had on hand. 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Spoon for mixing

In one bowl mix together the flour and salt. In another bowl mix together the food coloring and water.

Then slowly add the food coloring/water bowl into the flour/salt bowl, stirring while you pour. 

Once all ingredients are stirred together, knead the dough until the flour is absorbed into the wet mixture. 

Then place some flour onto the countertop and continue to knead the playdough until you get the consistency that you like. Add more flour if it is too sticky, and more water if it is too dry. 

Finally it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, or hopefully a moment of quiet time as your child plays. 

I stored his playdough in a ziploc bag at room temperature. It lasted about a month until I thought it was time to start over. 

Whether or not your child is able to help with this project, I hope he or she enjoys the end product. 

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