How to make play dough

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Updated: 8/12/2003 12:11 am
When you’re children have run out of store-bought play dough or are in the mood to create something on their own, you may consider helping them make their own play dough. There are several simple and fun recipes for play dough that require just a few regular kitchen ingredients you may already have. Mix together one cup of flour, one-half cup of salt, one cup of water, two teaspoons of cream of tartar, one teaspoon of salad oil, and the food coloring of your choice. Cook for three minutes over low heat. Stir well and add food coloring. A way to make this play dough scented is to add powdered drink mix to the batch. It adds a bit of color as well as the scent of the flavor of the drink mix, such as grape, cherry, or orange. Store the play dough in a plastic container between uses. Another type of play dough that children may enjoy making is one they can actually snack on while cooking and playing called “edible play dough.” Combine two cups of smooth peanut butter, two cups of rolled oats, two cups of dried milk, and two-thirds of a cup of honey. Add in optional tasty extras such as rice cereal, coconut sprinkles, chocolate chips, and red hots. Mix all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Cover a countertop or table with wax paper to use as a work surface for them to create their play dough masterpieces. Store the play dough in an airtight container between uses.

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