One of the nice things about this recipe is that its made with all edible ingredients. While the play dough itself isn't particularly tasty, at least I don't worry about it when my kids decide to taste it. Here's what you need:
1 c white flour
1/2 c salt
2 T cream of tartar
2 T vegetable oil
1 c warm water
1 3-oz. package of gelatin (any flavor)
This week my pre-schooler is learning about the color red, so our gelatin was raspberry flavored.
What to do:
Combine all the ingredients in a pan and stir.
|Stirring and working in the kitchen - 2 of my pre-schooler's favorite things.|
While stirring, heat over medium heat.
|Stir, baby, stir.|
Stirring constantly is important because the mixture can burn easily. Stir stir stir.
It will start to get lumpy. Keep going.
|This is close, but still needs to cook a tad longer. See the shiny? When its "done" the shiny will disappear. But, its quick - stay on your toes.|
When it starts to get really thick and hard to stir I remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir until its no longer shiny and has become a thick, sticky ball.
At this point I removed it from the pan to let it cool on a cutting board.
|Cooking turns the liquid into thick goop like this.|
It'll be hot. As tempting as it is to want to play with it right away, don't. It could cause burns.
Once it has cooled enough to handle, knead and work it a little. It'll become less sticky as you work with it and it cools.
My girls couldn't wait to play with their new play dough. Store the dough in a zip lock bag and it will keep for a long time.
[Sniff] MMMMmmmm...raspberry play dough. Time to go play!