I know some people do not like the stuff, the mess the little pieces, the smell.. the risk of kids eating it. We decided to be brave and we made our own play dough. Carrie posted the recipe on her cute blog here.
So we got started. At first I wondered if it was ever going to get thick, than slowly little balls seemed to be forming but it just didn't look right. I began to wonder how I messed it up. When I dumped the blob out of the pan Lucas saw it and said, "I am afraid to play with that." And I must admit I was thinking the same thing. It was disgusting and sticky.... but as I kept kneading it then magically it was perfect!
The perfect playdough, great soft texture, not all crumbly.. and those few bites that Alex might have eaten (shh don't tell) won't kill her.
And I am writing this post while my kids are still playing with the playdough almost two hours later.
The Recipe: (I doubled the recipe)
1 Cup white flour
1 Cup water
1/4 Cup salt
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 heaping T. cream of tartar (essential for good texture)
1 package Kool-aid (generic brand works great)
Mix all together in a medium sauce pan and whisk until smoothish. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until dough starts to gather into a ball (takes 2-4 minutes). Remove from pan and knead (or let sit until cool enough to knead) until it looks like playdough. It's ready!