Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required

My 2-year-old loves Play-Doh so much that it is typically the first thing he wants to play with each morning. Needless to say, we go through a lot of it and I just couldn't bring myself to buy more, so we've been trying our hand at making our own doughs. I love this recipe because it doesn't require cooking and there's no need for cream of tartar, which can get pretty expensive when you're buying it from the spice aisle at the grocery store!

Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me 

For this recipe, you'll need:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Food coloring
We chose to make 4 different colors from our dough recipe so that each of the kids could have their own color, so we used 4 separate bowls.  Each bowl got 1/4 cup hot water.

Then, we added 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil to each bowl.
Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me

And a few drops of food coloring.  The purple didn't come out quite as vivid as I'd hoped, so next time I would definitely add a few more drops!  By the way, this is a great time to bring in some science with color mixing and some math by counting the number of drops with young children.
Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me
In a large bowl, we added the 4 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups of salt.  The kids love measuring and pouring, which is teaching them valuable math skills.
  Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me
We poured a cup of the flour mix into each bowl.  Yes, this left us with extras...
Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me

We mixed up the bowls with a good stir...

And then dumped them onto a floured table (using our leftover mix) and began kneading.

Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me This is where you may have to add a few drops of water or a little more of the flour mix to get just the right consistency.  Each of our doughs had a different feel to them.  Some of the kids preferred theirs to be a bit stickier, which others wanted a more "moon dough" feel.  Either way they were happy with the results.

So, what did we do with our dough?  We rolled, and kneaded, and built up our hand muscles making cookie cutter shapes.
Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me
We cut the dough with plastic knives and spreaders, and used our dough for scissor practice.

Easy No-Cook Dough - No Cream of Tartar Required - Mamas Like Me We used this dough for weeks by storing it in air-tight containers!

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the easy pantry recipe! We are going to make this at our play date today.

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    1. Oh great! I hope you guys enjoy it!!

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