Store bought play-doh is expensive, stinky, and some parents may have concerns about whether or not its really kid safe. So here are some recipes that are simple, totally kid friendly, and some are even tasty too!

Basic Play-Doh
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 tblspns vegetable oil
1 tblspn cream of tartar (optional but recommended for better elasticity)
Food coloring (powder, liquid, or unsweetened drink mix all work)

Mix all ingredients, including color, together in a non-stick pot and stir over low heat. Stir frequently until the pla-doh resembles mashed potatoes. It will start to pull away from the sides of the pot. Once it starts looking smooth and stops sticking to the sides you can remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. If the doh is still sticky you can put it back in the pot and cook it longer. If its too dry allow it to cool and knead a teaspoon of water into it at a time till it reaches the desired consistency.

Once the doh is cool enough to handle you can knead it til its smooth and add more color if you like.

Store in an air-tight container. When the doh begins to dry out knead a little water into it. If it gets sticky just cook it some more to dry it up a little. 

This doh can be cooked to create ornaments, figures and other art. Should be cooked in the oven for about an hour on 325 to ensure the pieces don't crack. Check occasionally to make sure they are not burning.


Cream Cheese Play-Doh 
8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1 tablespoon honey
crackers or bread slices

Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended. Mold sculptures on was paper.

MUST be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge when not in use! Use the expiration date on the cream cheese package to determine how long you can keep the doh.
The shapes can be placed on crackers or bread slices, decorated with edibles such as celery, carrot slivers, dried fruit pieces, nuts, or seeds for a healthy snack!


Peanut Butter/Graham Cracker Play Doh
Equal parts Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cream
Graham Crackers

This is a fun one to let the kids make, with adult supervision of course. Be sure to put down some wax paper because this recipe is messy. Be sure to have the kids wash their hands first because this recipe usually results in some finger licking.Allow the children to crush up the graham crackers and set aside. Allow them to mix the peanut butter and marshmallow cream and roll into shapes. These shapes can then be rolled in graham cracker crumbs and eaten.

This doh MUST be stored in an airtight container. 


Oatmeal Play Doh 
1 part flour
2 parts oatmeal
1 part waterFood coloring

Mix together and have fun!

When dry this doh can be painted. This doh does not store well so only make as much as you plan on using.
 


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