Make Your Own Playdough

Looking for a cheap way to entertain your kids or spice up a rainy day? Make your own playdough! The homemade stuff may not come in a shiny yellow play-doh container, but you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already, and the concoction won’t smell or contain yucky toxins. Hit the jump for the recipe…

1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Salt
2 tablespoon Cream of tartar
1 tablespoon Oil

Cook until ingredients start to clump together. Turn out onto a plate or piece of wax paper, and knead in food coloring if you wish.

If the mix starts drying out, knead in a splash of water or whip up a new batch. Once you’ve made your doughy ball of fun, give your kids a few miscellaneous kitchen tools like cookie cutters, a rolling pin, or that mellon baller you got for a wedding gift but never use.

There are plenty of alternate recipes that use varying amounts of the above ingredients, and the kids don’t have an exclusive claim on the fun. Some of your older friends may want to come over and get their hands dirty while enjoying a cheap bottle of whatever.

Creating your own play dough kit [Frugal Village]
(Photo: chanchan222)

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