Friday, September 17, 2010

FAMILY FUN FRIDAY - Play Doh Creations

I think most people have a love-hate relationship with play doh. You either love it or hate it. My hubby - hates it, because it is messy and he seems to find it ground into everything after my girls are done playing with it -- and usually finds it for weeks there after.

I am actually okay with it. It has actually grown on me a little bit - especially since my girls are getting older and are able to "handle" it all better and not mix all the colors together to make one color of pukey gray.

We were given some play doh from a party and the girls just wanted to get in with it and create. So, we spent some time playing with the doh!

And it is also fun to make our own play dough! ( See below for recipes)

We had fun
Choosing colors!


The girls decided to have a Play-doh art gallery. They made their own labels that mentioned the artist name, the type of creature, where the creature lives, the name of the creature, what the creature eats, and if the creature is nice or mean!

This was so funny and so clever of them. They really had fun with this one.

Meet "Snowball" the horse!
The Art Teacher
(as she calls herself) is Sophia

Snowball eats Apples!

Artist: Lydia
Kind of Creature:
Master One Eye Gleam (trying to translate here...not quite sure??)
Lives At:
Rainbow Mountain
Name of Creature:
"Scary Eye"
What Creature Eats:
Garbage and sometimes people food
Mean or Nice?: Nice


Uncooked Playdough


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


  1. In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.
  2. Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.
  3. Store covered.

Colored Playdough


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Salt Playdough


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour plus additional flour
  • Saucepan


  1. Mix salt, water, and flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery.
  3. As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.

Oatmeal Playdough


  • 1 part flour
  • 1 part water
  • 2 parts oatmeal
  • Bowl


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well and knead until smooth.
  2. This playdough is not intended to be eaten, but it will not hurt a child who decides to taste it.
  3. Store covered in refrigerator.
  4. Your child can make this playdough without help; however, it doesn't last as long as cooked playdough.

Peanut Butter Playdough


  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour
  • Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)
  • Edible treats for decoration


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough.
  2. Add cocoa or carob, if desired.
  3. Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!

Kool-Aid Playdough


  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons alum


  1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
  3. Add oil, flour, and alum.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5. This dough will last 2 months or longer.

1 comment:

  1. What a cute idea! I bet it makes your kids feel so special to have their creations posted on your blog too! I know mine get all excited when they help with something that goes on my blog.
    following you back!


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