Homemade “Playdoh”


My daughter loves to be outside. She also hates snow/mud/wet/icky/cold. This can be a problem during the winter months here in the mountains.  While she did receive many a lovely  flashing, plastic plaything from various well- meaning relatives in December, one of her favorite things to do is help mom in the kitchen. Together we mixed up a batch of homemade “playdoh” for her to “knead” while I knead my bread. It was great fun, and I used ingredients I already had on hand. This recipe I found on the back of a Cream corn starch box. You could also add food coloring and even spices (think cinnamon) to liven it up. While its non toxic, you may want to save the coloring and spices for the over 5 crowd, as yummy smells and colors may encourage nibbling.

  • 1 1/2 cups corn starch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water

mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. (obviously, this next step is for grown-ups only) Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture gathers on the stirring spoon and forms a dough, about 6 minutes.  Let mass cool on wax paper until cool enough to handle, then knead until pliable. Store in closed container. This should alow for about 2 pounds of “playdoh”


About thatsmommatoyou

* Three years ago I relocated from "the big city" in Florida to an 18 acre homestead in the most rural county east of the mississippi, trying to build a life with my partner and "get back to the land". I'm a full time mom to a 2 year old "spirited" little girl, a somtimes mom to an adventerous 8 year old boy,and a life partner to a mostly well-meaning "idiotically-intelligent" man (his words, not mine.) We've been adopted by 2 cats and a dog. I enjoy reading, coffee, cooking, chocolate, and the lock on the bathroom door.

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