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Playdough Perfection

“What insane person invented glitter play-dough?”
                                   - Me

My older daughter was an angel for Halloween when she was five.

Like most little girls, she couldn't wait to try on the glitter speckled nylon mesh wings as soon as they arrived in the mail.

How cute.

How sweet.
How maddening when that glitter started cloning itself all over the house.
From that point on, glitter was officially banned in our home.

Even Christmas cards we received took a quick trip to the trash can if they were glitter laden.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when my daughter received glitter play-dough as a birthday gift.
(If you can't figure it out, check out the above quote.)

Commercial Play-dough possesses enough annoying qualities of its own without adding glitter to it!  Besides the fact that its smell triggers my gag reflex, I also have a sneaking suspicion that it shares the "clone- ability DNA" with glitter.

But unlike glitter, play-dough was never banned because it has redeeming   creative qualities.

How cool are those fun factories?

And how about discovering very interesting abstract art installations on the bottom of your shoe?

A Perfect Playdough Recipe
Here is a lovely home-made play-dough recipe you can make with your child.

It has no smell and it doesn't seem to dry out when playing with it, leaving  those little chunks all over the place.

Let your child help you mix it up. That's half the fun.
Mix together:

1 cup of flour,
1/3 cup of salt
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of white vinegar 
1/3 cup of water*

*For color in your dough, add about 1 tablespoon of food color to the water before you add the water to the other ingredients.

You can add more water if needed. Then knead it.
(pun intended)

Store the dough in an airtight container. You can add more water later if the dough dries out.
I have not tested how well this dough dries if you want to save a permanent sculpture. Let me know how it works if you try it out.

Cute Playdough Sculptures from Google Images

13 Comments to Playdough Perfection:

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Terri on Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:59 AM
When my kids were small, they had so much fun with playdough, but I never made my own! I'm going to keep this recipe for when I have grandbabies!!! Thanks!
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Molly on Monday, January 21, 2013 5:22 PM
I still have fun with play-dough and love to make all different creations at my house and in my grandma's workroom. In one of my art classes a couple of summers ago I made play-dough but I forgot the recipe. It is great to have it again!
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