Saturday, November 6, 2010

25 days of Christmas: Gifts! Homemade Playdough

Have you ever tried making Homemade Playdough?

I’ve always heard about how most Preschools always make their own, and my long time friend has been making her own for a long time. I thought this would make a great Christmas gift for little ones ~ it’s so simple, fun, and thrifty!

Homemade Play-dough Recipe* It is edible!
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring/ or Kool-Aid packets (you won't need a scent below if you use Kool-Aid)
  • Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, or Peppermint Extract, Pumpkin Pie Spice...
  1. Mix Together all ingredients except the food coloring in a medium saucepan. You can quarter the recipe and make four different colors of play-dough!
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. As soon as the mixture begins to thicken, add in food coloring, mix thoroughly. Mixture will quickly begin clumping and form a solid.
  3. Remove pan from heat to cool, then remove play-dough to cool on wax paper, etc.
  4. Store in freezer ziploc bag and in freezer. Play-dough will keep for years if you want it too.  
Giving the Gift: Package the play-dough in clean baby food jars/plastic containers (anything airtight really). Paint the lids or make wrappers from stickers to place on the side. Make sure you make a tag to go long with your gift to remind the kids to place the play-dough back in the freezer or it will dry out. If it starts to get dry after several weeks, add a few drops of water and work into play dough to extend it’s shelf life.

Include some dollar store cookie cutters too for some added fun!
  • Great stocking stuffers'
  • Easy toy to have on hand for kids at Christmas parties or drop in guests