Rainy Day Playdough

This maybe a bit out of place on my blog, but I make playdough at least once a month with my kid and thought I’d share.

This cooked playdough recipe keeps my preschooler busy for at least a couple of hours on a rainy day. From helping to measure the ingredients, to mixing in the food coloring and then the actual playtime, we’ve got plenty to do and it keep us out of trouble.


Combine 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon cooking oil and one tablespoon cream of tartar in a saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring with a fork or small whisk. Remove from heat when it just starts to clump. It’ll look a bit like mashed potatoes. Scrape sides of pan and gather into a ball as best you can.

When cooled enough to handle divide into pieces (equal to the number of colors you want to create). Knead in food coloring. I highly recommend wearing gloves to avoid staining your hands with the food coloring. Store in plastic bags.

Let the hours of fun begin!

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