of adults have played with playdough at some point in their lives? We
may not know the exact number, but surely it is high. At home, in school,
at a birthday party - playdough abounds in the world of children's activities.
Bright colors attract the eye, the smooth, soft texture is pleasing
to the touch, and you can shape it into so many fun, crazy creations!
Playdough is available commercially anywhere you can find toys, but
it is also easy to make at home. It's perfect for a rainy day activity
or just any time children need a change of pace in their play routines.
History of Playdough
While we can't say when or by whom the idea of homemade playdough was developed, we do know about "Play-Doh" (now owned by Hasbro), the beloved reusable clay found in stores everywhere. Noah and Joseph McVicker originally designed the compound as a wallpaper cleaner. When they realized its potential as a non-toxic clay suitable for children, they sold it through Rainbow Crafts beginning in 1956. The popularity of the product grew and it was made available in several colors by 1958.
The McVickers received a patent for their product in 1965 and the formula remains a mystery today. More than two billion cans have been sold and Play-Doh, as well as the accessory sets such as "Pizza Party" and "Barbershop", is still quite popular with children.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1-2 tsp food coloring
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Dash of peppermint extract (optional)
1. Combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan.
2. In a liquid measuring cup combine water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and optional peppermint extract.
3. Over medium heat, gradually stir water mixture into flour mixture.
4. Cook and stir constantly until mixture forms a ball in the center of the saucepan.
5. Remove from heat and cool. Tranfer to a floured surface and knead several times.
6. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Tip: Pull out various kitchen utensils such as cheese graters, egg slicers, etc. to create interesting shapes and textures with playdough.