We made play dough for the first time last week, and I am wondering why I didn’t try making it earlier. It was fun for the kids, super easy, and way softer than the store-bought stuff. Here’s the recipe we used, handed down from my mom (I halved her recipe to make a smaller batch):
1/2 cup flour
1 Tablespoon oil (we used olive oil, because it’s what we had)
1/2 cup water (add food coloring to water)
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and water (we heated our water first, to make it cook a little faster). Heat over medium heat. Stir constantly until it comes away from sides of pan. Knead slightly. Store in plastic bags or Tupperware.
Inspired by this post at Filth Wizardry, I brought out a bunch of googley eyes for my kids to use. Emma made one monster (the tiny one in the photo on the left), but cute as it was it didn’t meet her expectations – so she started a new game called “stuff as many googley eyes into the play dough as possible”. Then the eyes would peek out on their own, creating interesting monsters (see the picture at the top of this page) and occasionally scaring Johnny.
If you like the idea of googley eyes and play dough, you might want to check out the other materials Nicole’s son used in addition to googley eyes in this post at Tired, Need Sleep.