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Make It: Kid Friendly Playdough

Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.Vinegar and baking soda are really enough to get most of your cleaning needs accomplished.
Something my husband and I have always agreed upon was having a Playdoh-free home.

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That stuff is like slow-moving lava--once you let it in, it never stops. Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.

Easy Peasy Homemade Playdough

4 cups flour
4 cups warm water
2 cups salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup cream of tartar
1 box of food coloring

diy_playdough_via_goodwithstyleDirections:

- In a large pot, mix all ingredients together over low heat

- Stir mixture for several minutes

- Continue stirring until it's no longer sticky--this might take 5-10 minutes, but it will get there.

- Remove from heat, allow to cool.

- In separate bowls, scoop individual portions of dough, pour tablespoon of food colouring. Knead the dough until fully blended.

- Store each color in an airtight container.

- Now, go watch your kids smoosh that stuff into whatever their little magical minds can think of, and know that, ultimately, all the mess will be totally worth it.