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March 27, 2012

No Cook Playdough Recipe

When I made our Ocean Dough I tried no cook playdough for the first time.  I wasn't overly fond of the way it turned out.  I'm not sure what possessed me to give it another try, but I'm glad I did!


Here is the recipe I used:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • I mixed the dry ingredients together.  
  • If I was adding any glitter, dried flowers or sequins I would do it now. (I did not this time, because JZ enjoys adding glitter to his playdough creations while playing.)
  • I added the oil and mixed well.  
  • Then I added color.  In the past I have used food coloring with great results.  This time I chose to use Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint for no reason other than getting different shades with this batch of playdough.  I was going for spring colors.

  • Next I added 1.5 cups of boiling water.  I heated it in the tea kettle to easily get it to the right temperature.
After adding the water I used a wooden spoon to mix and mix and mix until it was cool enough to touch. Then I kneaded the dough in my hands until all the ingredients were mixed well, and the consistency felt right. I let the dough cool briefly on a sheet of wax paper. (Briefly is key. You don't want to let it dry out.)

Aren't the colors pretty?  Later today I'll be sharing what we've done with our new batch of playdough.

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