Homemade Play dough Tutorial

Homemade Play dough

I haven't met a kid who doesn't love play dough.  And sometimes your best art materials and mediums are those kids feel comfortable with and things that you have right at home! 
So here's a tutorial on how to make homemade uncooked, salt play dough colored with crayola kids paint.  Hope you have fun, we sure did.  

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Tempera paint
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

1. First mix water, salt and vegetable oil.
(Note this makes a big batch you can either add your paint now to color your play dough, which is a lot less of a mess.  Or do as we did later in the tutorial, separating the dough and adding colors.)

2. Once mixed start to add in your flour and cornstarch gradually...

Until it is mixed well and starts to clump.
At that point we took in out and kneaded it like bread dough.

3. Next get bowls ready with gobs of paint in them to mix your dough in.  We divided the dough into three sections and used a good tablespoon of paint for each.  You can always add more paint as you are mixing.

Get your dough right in the bowl with the paint and mix.  We found getting right in there with your hands was the easy way to go.

Now I warned you this gets a little messy....

But keep going and knead the dough for a few minutes in your hands until the color is mixed all the way through the dough.  At this point you will be able to tell if you need to add more paint for color. 
Wash your hands and the paint will come right off.
** I did love this recipe because after it was mixed well the paint did not rub off later as Cy played with it**

There you go, easy peasy.... we made 4 colors with this one recipe.
(we took off extra dough from each 3 sections we originally separated and had plenty!)
Now get out some cookie cutters, rollers, play dough tools...
whatever and have fun!

 Cy got right to work.....

this entertained him most of the afternoon; he even got it back out after dinner.  The play dough stored well in an airtight container for a couple days.

Make sure and stop by next week for Robert Indiana play dough project.  Illustrating how art can be accessible with everyday kid's materials and things you have right at home.

Have fun, get messy, EXPLORE ART!

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