Monday, February 12, 2007

Play-dough

I have been making this recipe for about 2 years. It's safe to eat (which Sam does every time he touches it), and I find with Myia, it's better for her to have one color, as she is not old enough to appreciate multiple colors yet and always just mixed hers together. They turned nasty shades of gray. This way she has enough to really make whatever she wants and it stays a nice color (pink is the color she mostly chooses, although I have managed to talk her into blue and green a few times). My Kitchen Aid makes the job so simple, and Myia loves to watch it turn into workable dough. And of course, she always gets to squeeze in the food coloring.

Play-dough

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
scant 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups hot water
food coloring

Mix three cups of flour together with the salt and cream of tartar in the bowl of your stand-type mixer. Add the oil and water and knead with a dough hook in your electric stand-type mixer for five to six minutes. (If you are kneading by hand, knead for eight to ten minutes.) Add more flour to get a soft, workable dough.

Store the dough in a sealed container to keep it from becoming dry. If it becomes too dry, place it back in the mixer bowl and knead in a dribble of water.

Throw a rolling pin (Pampered Chef pin is perfect for the little hands), some cookie cutters and plastic plates on the table and the kids have a blast. It looks like they're just playing, but they're actually learning motor skills and coordination and all kinds of other good stuff.

http://www.preparedpantry.com/playdough.htm

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