This morning the boys wanted to play with playdough, but they quickly became bored with what they had! I decided to make them some new colors and they LOVED it! I also love it because I know what ingredients are in it and I know Koa is going to try and eat some of it! Don’t all kids do that? Or is it just mine!
It is SO easy to make and I had two new colors in less than a ½ hour. I did use grocery store brand food coloring since they aren’t supposed to be eating it. In the future I think I will try using some homemade natural dyes (like beets, clover, blueberries, etc). This time, since it was a spur of the moment decision to make some I just used what I had.
This isn’t my own recipe I will have to admit! I got it from a great little cookbook called “Feed Me I’m Yours; Baby Food made easy! Delicious, nutritious, & fun things you can cook up for your kids!” by Vicki Lansky. A dear friend of mine gave this book to me as a gift and I’ve loved it! It does have great recipes for baby food and kid friendly meals and also a great section on arts and crafts with things that are already around the house!
A few notes about the recipe: I often make a full recipe, but divide it in half before adding the food coloring so that we get two different colors! I also made the red playdough about 3 years ago and it is still good as long as it’s stored in an air tight container. The green and blue we made today!
1 cup white flour
¼ cup salt
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons vegetable food coloring
1 tablespoon oil
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium pot. Add water, food coloring and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes. Mixture will look like a globby mess and you’ll be sure it’s not turning out, but it will. When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface. (I don’t flour the surface; I just roll it around and knead it in my hands.) Store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.