Friday, March 1, 2013

Microwave Play Dough

Day 1 of our St. Patrick's Day Pot o' Activities: Green Playdough!

My kids love to create things with play dough. This recipe is inexpensive, easy, and fun all in one. Plus, this can be used over and over again, so the fun will continue.

This recipe actually is used in a lot of preschools because it takes away the "stove" portion of a lot of the play dough recipes out there.

To start, put 2 cups of flour, 2 Tablespoons of oil, 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of water, and 1 Tablespoon of cream of tartar. Mix that in a microwavable bowl with a whisk.

Next, add the food coloring. (Not sure how many drops because David just started squeezing. You can't really do this step wrong. Let the kids have fun!)

He did really well with the color. You do need quite a few drops.

Next, place it in the microwave for 1 minute. Pull it out and stir. Place back in for another minute. Continue this until the mixture becomes a dough. It took mine 4 minutes with an added 20 seconds.

When you pull the dough from the bowl, it becomes very soft and pliable. David first started by using the rolling pin and cookie cutters to make his shamrocks. When he was done with that, he pulled out his other play dough accessories and had a great time.

This recipe makes a good size batch of dough. If you want more colors, just separate the dough before microwaving. Do different colors in stages. Overall, this was a successful "first day" of our March activities. :)

To help the play dough last longer, keep it sealed in a ziploc bag.