About: I’ve been dough for kids for modeling at home Instructables since the site’s inception, and now build other things at Autodesk. Follow me for food and more! Here’s how to make your own non-toxic toy with custom colors and fragrances. This is the classic method that involves a bit of cooking on the stovetop – I prefer it because cooked playdough has a better texture than uncooked varieties.
If you want the kids to be able to do it all themselves, try this uncooked playdough recipe. Warning: Keep away from dogs and other pets. Playdough smells like people food but contains lots of salt, and a hungry dog can eat enough to cause a dangerous salt imbalance. Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it’s so easy to make at home you’ll never buy that stinky store variety again. Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.
When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer! Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough. I’ve gotten many comments asking about sticky dough, so please just keep cooking a bit longer and it will work! 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 coloring1 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. 1 If you use Kool-Aid or similar unsweetened drink mix for color, test on a small ball first- it won’t go as far as the “real” food coloring.
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.
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! You can also bake it in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments, then paint or otherwise decorate the surface. One of the comments below even suggests using baked play-dough as a salt lick for your pet rabbit! We have a be nice policy. Add food coloring or the coloring you plan to use to the water. It is much easier than kneading the food color.
It was better than store bought ones! We had lots of fun molding it into different objects. When done we put in ziplock and a month later she brought it back to my house to play with it. Made some, but it got soggy overnight.
Is ok to reheat in microwave? Do i need to add something else when reheating? I’m not sure how you batch would get soggy overnight, sounds like interesting story. As for your microwave question I have not tried, but I lets consider the normal instructions to warm the dough at low temperatures. When finished, the dough is still “dough” and pliable. When you cook food from a microwave it usually it comes out fast and hot. If you set the time to thirty seconds the dough batch the water evaporates and “cooks”.
A salt dose ranging from 0. 75 grams to 3 grams per kilogram of body weight can kill someone. The one cup of salt in this recipe equates to 240 grams. Therefore consumption this batch has the ability to kill between 80 and 320 lbs of body weight. 3 of a batch will die if not receiving emergency medical treatment. I don’t think many kids would enjoy eating this but to say it’s “entirely edible kid-safe” is flippantly irresponsible. Please note, I do not have a problem with this Instructable.
I think it’s a great idea, recipe and craft. My only objection is to the insinuation that it is “entirely eatable”. If a kid eats a small amount there should be no problems. But in every kindergarten class seems to have that one kid that will eat the entire jar of paste or the whole box of crayons. If that kid eats this stuff, the kid will be in serious need of emergency treatment. I think the author made that statement to say that the recipe is non-toxic, so if curious little ones take a bite, it won’t be toxic but, wasn’t said to encourage eating. Everything is “non-toxic” if one is exposed to a small enough amount.
Considering the age of the children uneducated parents may allow to play with this stuff, Google salt toxicity and do the math. I have been making play dough for over 25 years – very similar recipe, but the Australian version has 4 tbspn cream of tartar, the recipe is on the container! I followed the directions as written, it was not complicated at all and it came out perfect! I used Vanilla extract and it smells like cupcakes. My daughter chose dumbo as her theme for her baby shower. We had lots of fun making it and I’m pretty proud of the results.