A few days ago I made homemade play dough. You may find this odd considering I have no young children at home. But I figure since we’re all coloring again (did you get an adult coloring book for Christmas?), we may as well get in a little play dough time, too.
When we were kids, my sister and I loved to make homemade play dough. This is NOT one of those woe is me I walked barefoot in the snow to school uphill both ways sort of stories. Any time we spent in the kitchen with Momma was fun. Plus, there was food coloring involved.
Food coloring was on par with glitter.
I dug out the original recipe which I still have because it’s printed on the last page of the Keiser’s Kitchen cookbook. (Contributed by Shirley Ashley.)
Obviously, this page was well loved.
Here’s the recipe in a handy dandy printable…
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
- food coloring
- Mix flour, salt, and cooking oil. Gradually add water and mix. Add cinnamon.
- Divide dough and add food coloring to each batch to make desired colors. Knead thoroughly.
Since the original recipe didn’t specify how much cinnamon to add, I only added a sprinkle. You know how a smell can take you back??? I immediately realized the cinnamon mixed with flour gave the play dough the unique aroma I’ve never forgotten. Love that smell!
I’m crazy, I know.
Also, there was no direction on how much food coloring to use. I started with only a few drops but added lots more to get a darker color. Probably twenty drops.
Knead and knead and knead to get a smooth color. You might want to wear gloves. My hands became stained pretty quickly.
This play dough will store for days in a plastic container. What a fun project for a cold winter day. Even more so if you have kids…
Gracie Lee would approve.
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