Sunday, 1 December 2013

How to Make Play Doh

How to Make Play Doh

Playing with Play Doh can be lots of fun, but making your own salt dough modelling clay can be a fun process too. So in this article were going to show you how to do just that.

This salt dough is not meant to be eaten so make sure not to leave it in a situation where a person or animal could eat it. As the high salt content may be harmful.

Materials needed are flour, salt, water, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and food colouring.

 List of materials:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Food Colouring
  • Vegetable Oil - we used Olive oil

(Ratio of Mixture)

2 Cup Flour
2 Cup Water
1 Cup Salt
2 Sachets of Cream of Tartar - equal to two teaspoons
2 Tablespoons of Vegatable Oil

Add and stir your dry ingredients before you add your oil and water.

Add and stir your dry ingredients before you add your oil and water.

When it's smooth we're ready to put it on a low heat.

Mix Ingredients 


It's a good idea to mix the powder parts of your dough first, this will ensure a better mix. Start by adding 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and two sachets of cream of tartar, which is the equivalent of two teaspoons, to your pan. Now we add the 2 table spoons of oil and our two cups of water. Stir the mixture to remove any lumps until you have a smooth liquid that looks like a runny porridge.

When it's smooth we're ready to put it on a low heat.

The dough is not quite ready yet.

The dough is starting to come away from the pan - nearly ready.

Cooking the Play Dough 


Once you have a smooth mixture turn on your heat and set to a low temperature. Continue to stir, your mixture is ready when it all comes away from the sides of the pan in a big lump. If it’s sticky to touch then leave it in a few minutes more. When it's ready you need to take it off of the heat and allow to cool.
The more you knead the dough the better the end result will be.

Mixing in the ratio I shown gave me 1.3 kilos of dough, which is approximately 2.9 lbs.

Knead the Play Dough 


When it’s cool enough to touch it time to get kneading. Don’t be too gentle, besides being a great workout for your upper body, the more time and effort you put in the better the end results will be. Your dough should have a silky clay like texture before your ready to move on.

Using the ingredients in my proportions gave me 1.3 kilos of dough, which is approximately 2.9 lbs.

Add colour into divot of ball.

Mash the colour and dough together.
Place your dough on a kitchen towel to absorb any excess colouring.

Colouring the Play Dough

Now your consistency is correct your ready to add some colours. If you want to make more than one colour from the same batch then you should split it now.

Take some of your dough and roll it into a ball, then push your fingers into the dough to make a small divot. I would advise you wear gloves and mix your colours and dough in a bowl to avoid staining yourself and surfaces.

Also if your going to mix colours it’s best you do that before you add it to the dough, so you get an even tone. Then simply work it through until you get the desired colour, if you want it a stronger shade then add more food colouring.

When your done place it on a piece of kitchen roll to absorb any excess. It’s also a good idea to give your gloves and bowl a quick clean between colourings.

Store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight.

Take Care of Your Play Dough

When your not using your dough it’s best to keep it in an airtight container and store it out of direct sunlight.

If it's left out it can become dry, simply work the dough to liven it back up, if it’s very dry you may need to add a drop of water.

Just remember not to leave your dough around where children or animals could eat it.  As this maybe harmful due to it’s high salt content.

Create and have fun. If you do make something don't forget to share a picture of it with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Create and have FUN


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