How to Make Homemade Playdough
Play dough can be dyed with vegetable juices.
In this video, you will learn how to make playdough. This is a recipe from the Toddlers and Twos site.To begin, you'll need:First, in a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil. Invite your kids into the playdough-making process by asking them to pour each ingredient into the bowl.As you stir, slowly add the water. A child may help at this point as well, pouring in the water, little by little, as you stir.When well-mixed, pour it into a pot. Heat the mixture over medium heat and stir continuously until the dough stiffens. This should only take a couple of minutes.Next, scoop the heated mixture onto a large sheet of wax paper and allow the playdough to cool completely.When the playdough has cooled, knead it as you would bread. Kneading is another fun way kids can help out in the process. When the playdough has reached a desirable consistency, divide it into as many equal-sized portions as you will have colors.Vegetable juices are a great, natural way to dye homemade playdough. Simply add a few drops of beet juice to one of the sections and knead it into the dough to make pink playdough. For green playdough, add spinach juice. For yellow, add carrot juice.When your playdough has been dyed, it's ready for use. If stored at room temperature in ziplock bags, this homemade playdough will last about one month. For longer preservation, store your playdough in airtight containers and keep them in the refrigerator. This will keep your playdough soft and useable for about 3-4 months.Thank you for watching. For more, visit About.com.
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