Out of the many toys that kids from succeeding generations of the “modern era” that still survive up to this day, it is inarguable that one of those happens to be Play-Doh. Yes, that moldable clay-like material which looks almost edible enough to eat, but somehow still isn’t a part of many kids’ daily diet to this day. Indeed, Play-Doh has been so influential to many kids and kids-at-heart that it has even been placed on the “Century of Toys” list in 2003. See, it may not be as pervasive as Lego, but it sure is dang close! Of course, now that we have said that, then there is no question that at this point, you can even know how to make playdough if you really wanted to!
But HOW can you even begin making one, though? Well, for starters, you simply need to look at the materials stocked in your kitchen. Got salt, oil, and water? Well then, that’s enough to get you started for making dough like New York-style pizza! Get ready to play around at your kitchen AND with your kids (or if you just feel like playing with playdough—remember, this is a judgment-free zone!)! Ready your notepads, now!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 cups of boiling water
- Food coloring
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- Frying pan
- Mixing bowl
As with all things, you can start making your own playdough by mixing flour, salt, and oil in a large enough mixing bowl. However, if you want to get the BEST consistency for your mixture, then all you need to do is to add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. Why is this recommended for this purpose, though? Well, it’s quite simple, really: cream of tartar improves the elasticity of the resulting mixture in a way that resembles the “classic” pliable formula of Play-Doh and the rest of its stretchy ilk.
Now, as you’re mixing your homemade playdough mixture into its ideal consistency, that should be the perfect time to boil your two cops of water into a frying pan. Why use a frying pan, though? Well, that’s what you should use if you prefer another optional ingredient to add to the succeeding mixture: food coloring. And really, if you want your mixture to look like something that your kids would really LOVE to play with (or, you can be honest, even at least you), then that’s the kind of aesthetic that you can’t really live without!
So, now that you have both mixture and boiling water (with optional food coloring) ready at the helm, then that’s the time you mix the water onto the bowl which holds the playdough mixture. As expected, you have to stir the ensuing mixture on the bowl until it looks like a “sticky” kind of dough (emphasis put on “sticky”, of course).
In addition, before you can take out the mixture out of the bowl, there is also another additional ingredient you can add to it to make it look more “playdough-ey”: glycerine. Why that, though? Well, for starters, the addition of glycerine to the mixture adds an extra layer of “shine” to your playdough recipe which should make it more… well, “appealing”, for lack of a better adjective.
So, now that you have all done the above, you have to wait first before the dough cools down, then take it out and knead it vigorously like you would with real bread, except that you’re doing it just so you can “remove” the mixture of all its stickiness. However, what if it still remains sticky even after all the couple of minutes of effort you put into kneading it? Well, then you add more dough and knead some more until the dough feels “right” enough to use for playing!
So, now you have your own playdough that is relatively cheap AND safe because you’re the one who cooked it! See, you don’t need to go to a factory just to know how to make playdough! Good luck with your project and the way you build a playhouse!