How can we possibly occupy kids during school break???
Playdough is easy to make at home, and fun for kids of all ages. Here's how to make your own non-toxic toy with custom colors and fragrances!
BASIC INGREDIENT RATIOS:
1 CUP FLOUR
3/4 CUP SALT
1 TBSP. OIL
4 OZ WATER
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.
Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves, a big ziplock bag, or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it's worked in bare hands are fine.
Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.
Play with your playdough- I really don't need to help you there. It's entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it's kid-safe. When you're done, store your playdough in an air-tight container. - If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over; thankfully it's not terribly difficult. - If it gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight. This is usually the result of high humidity, but is fixable!
Enjoy your kids while they're playing! Have Fun!