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Playdough is a great, creative toy for kids that you can make yourself. This video will show you how to make your own playdough.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make Playdough

In this video, you will learn how to make playdough. This is a recipe from the Toddlers and Twos site.

Playdough Materials

To begin, you'll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Wax paper
  • Spinach, beet, and carrot juice for coloring

Mixing Ingredients

First, in a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil. Invite your kids into the playdough-making process by asking them to pour each ingredient into the bowl.

As you stir, slowly add the water. A child may help at this point as well, pouring in the water, little by little, as you stir.

Heat and Cool Playdough Mixture

When well-mixed, pour it into a pot. Heat the mixture over medium heat and stir continuously until the dough stiffens. This should only take a couple of minutes.

Next, scoop the heated mixture onto a large sheet of wax paper and allow the playdough to cool completely.

Kneading the Dough

When the playdough has cooled, knead it as you would bread. Kneading is another fun way kids can help out in the process. When the playdough has reached a desirable consistency, divide it into as many equal-sized portions as you will have colors.

Coloring the Playdough

Vegetable juices are a great, natural way to dye homemade playdough. Simply add a few drops of beet juice to one of the sections and knead it into the dough to make pink playdough. For green playdough, add spinach juice. For yellow, add carrot juice.

When your playdough has been dyed, it's ready for use. 

Storing the Playdough

If stored at room temperature in ziplock bags, this homemade playdough will last about one month. For longer preservation, store your playdough in airtight containers and keep them in the refrigerator. This will keep your playdough soft and useable for about 3-4 months.

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