How to Make Play Doh
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.
List of materials:
- 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
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.
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.
Knead the Play Dough
Using the ingredients in my proportions gave me 1.3 kilos of dough, which is approximately 2.9 lbs.
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.
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.