How can I make Play Dough ?

Play dough is a non-toxic modeling material that can be used repeatedly if stored in an airtight container. It is best used for temporary projects because it does not harden up like clay, which is meant to be fired and dried. You can use cornstarch, salt and baking soda as your main ingredients. Usually, food coloring, powdered tempera paint or fruit juice is added to give it color.

There are several recipes in making play dough but you can try it first with a small amount to find what best suits a certain project. A recipe for non-cook play dough includes 1 c. salt, 2 c. flour, 2 tbsp alum, 1 c. water, 2 tbsp cooking oil and food coloring of your choice. You should mix the ingredients thoroughly, store in an airtight container, and refrigerate.

The ingredients for cooked play dough includes 1 c. flour, ½ c. salt, ½ c. water, 2 tbsp cream of tartar, 2 tbsp cooking oil and 2 c. baking soda. Mix it in any container thoroughly and heat it. While heating, stir the ingredients as it thickens and add the desired food color. Take it out from the heat and allow it to cool. After several minutes, you can now Work with it.

Remember to keep it in an airtight container so you can use the play dough repeatedly. You can use different food colors of your desire on your play dough. Again, start with a small amount while experimenting to get the desired thickness and texture.

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