Play Dough

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  1. sewsouth

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    I am planning on making homemade playdough. I am hoping that it could possibly last for a month or longer. I have been told that it will last about a week.

    What is the best way to store playdough and what air tight containers do you use?

    Thanks
    Kim
     
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  3. diggerdeb

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    After I make it, I store it in the refrigerator at night. It seems to last longer.
     
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    I haven't used this product to store playdough in but I bet Lock-n-Lock containers would be great. They are available from QVC, Wal-Mart, and other stores I am sure. They are leak proof, air-tight, don't absorb color/stains or smells...I'd give them a try. :)
     
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    Plastic bag in airtight container in fridge. Make sure kids have washed their hands before and after and the table is wiped before and after. That way it will less likely be infected with germs...
     
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    We store our homemade playdough in large ziplock plastic bags. I am sure it lasts longer than a week... we probably use it for 3 or 4 weeks, until it looks really dry and is crumbly. (If it is cold and flu season, don't use it that long though!) Be sure to seal it up and it will last a long time.
     
  7. star9305

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    In my classroom we make new play dough every month (it usually lasts 4 weeks especially if I make a double or triple batch). I store mine in a ziplock container and I have never had any problems with it drying out. I do spray (with disinfectant) my play dough toys every week though.
     
  8. ad65shorty

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    I'll get you the homemade recipe I use (it's in my files). It's fabulous!! I usually only have to make it three times a year (and we use playdough very frequently). I store mine in Ziploc bags and suck all the air out.
     
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    If you put a few drops of perfume or anything else that has alcohol in it it helps preserve longer.
     
  10. sewsouth

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    Thanks so much.....can not wait to see and use it
     
  11. ad65shorty

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    Okay. Here it is. Sorry it took me a bit to get back to you.

    Play Clay

    Ingredients:
    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup salt
    2 tsp. cream of tartar
    1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 cup water
    food coloring

    Preparation:
    Combine all dry ingredients in a saucepan. Stir in vegetable oil and water. Add food coloring drop by drop until the desired color is achieved. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent sticking or burning. When the play clay has the consistency of mashed potatoes and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, remove it from the heat. (**This step is very important. If you don't wait until it pulls away, it ends up too sticky.) Knead for one minute, and let cool thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.


    This takes less than 5 minutes. I usually let it cool just slightly (so you can handle it), then I put it in a Ziploc and knead it in the bag (this is just my preference). The sooner you can get it in an airtight container, the longer it will keep. Also, when you store it, make sure you suck out all the air in the bag.

    Also, it works really well as a playdough you can sculpt and let dry for a few days. If you don't put food coloring in it, you can paint the sculptures, and they turn out really cute! :)
     
  12. sewsouth

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    Thanks so much for the recipe.....
     
  13. DizneeTeachR

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    When I was little my mom always stored ours in tupperware...can't tell ya how long it lasted though!!! I made some when I student taught and gave each kid a small ziplock with some!!!
     
  14. AMK

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    I store mine in tupperware as well. It does last a month. I make a new batch each month along with a new color. The kids love guessing what color will be next. Sometimes I will but baby oil in it when I knead it, makes it softer.
     
  15. toddteach1

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    Great recipe. I have been looking for a good play dough recipe for ages. Is this ok for 1 yr.old eating habits? Most of mine are pretty good about not eating it but I still have a couple that atomatically want to gobble it up. I had heard about a peanut butter play dough but wasn't sure how long it kept. Has anyone tryed this kind before?
     
  16. joandsarah77

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    I have that same recipe but replace the vegtable oil for baby oil. it smells nice and dosn't go bad. I also add a few drops of rose petal oil.
     
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    toddteach1--
    I've used peanut butter playdough with my toddler. He likes it. The good thing is they can eat it. The bad thing is then they get in the habit of eating playdough. Personally, I didn't like the consistency and the "greasiness" of it. And it was hard to use cookie cutters with it. (maybe I had a bad recipe...) You have to store it in the fridge, and it lasts awhile (I'd say about a month). It's pretty easy to make. You can get a recipe off the internet. (Also, beware of allergies!)
     
  18. MsAnn

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    I made playdough about 2 months ago and it's still just as soft as could be. I stored it in the Ziplock brand disposable containers. Here is my recipe:

    PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

    • 2 cups white flour
    • ¼ cup cream of tartar
    • ½ cup salt
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 cups water
    • food coloring

    Mix dry ingredients together in a medium pot. Add
    water and vegetable oil. Cook and stir over medium heat three to five minutes. When it begins to form a ball in the center of the pot, remove from heat and let cool in pot. Add food coloring of your choice (you may want to wear gloves or put your hand in a large sturdy ziplock bag!) Store in an airtight container.
     
  19. clarnet73

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    I made no-cook playdough with my kids earlier this year as a cooking project. It kept really well.

    1 c. white flour
    1/2 c. salt
    2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 tsp. alum
    Food coloring, be creative
    1/2 c. water

    Mix first 4 ingredients well. Add food coloring to water. Gradually add small amounts of water until mixture is consistency of bread dough.
     
  20. toddteach1

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    Thanks everyone! I shall give these try.
     
  21. teacher333

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    Kool-Aid playdough is really great and the kids love the smell! There are a few different sites to get the recipe.
     
  22. toddteach1

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    teacher333, does the Kool-Aid playdough stain hands, table, etc... It sounds like a cool idea, but with one year olds I know that would be a problem. Also what are some web sites that i could find it on?
     
  23. sevenplus

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    I was just going to make one of those other play-doh recipes and color it with kool-aid instead of food coloring. I think the colors will be more vibrant.

    I'd be wary of using peanutbutter playdoh with one year olds. I am extra cautious and will not expose my son to peanuts until he is 2 - and we don't have any history of allergies in our family.
     
  24. MsAnn

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    For vibrant colors you can always use the neon food coloring. I used it for the first batch of our preschool playdough and my own children stole it... so I had to make a new batch. HAHA!
     
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    Surprisingly enough, the kool-aid playdough does not stain hands or objects. I still have my kids wear a smock when playing with it though, just in case. (I'm extra cautious)
     
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    when I was growing up my mom always had us making play dough. We'd use airtight containers (tupperware and gladware both work equally well). It would last for a few months. We were always really careful to make sure the lid was tightened and we put away the dough when we were done.--that really extends the life.

    Here are a bunch of recipies my mom has used with her kids ( age 3-5) (some are edible)

    (1) Home Made Playdough
    2 cups flour
    1 cup salt
    2 tablespoons cream of tarter
    2 cups of water
    1 tablespoons mineral oil
    food coloring
    Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until
    stiff. Allow to cool, then knead.
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    (2) Home Made Playdough
    1 cup flour
    1 cup of water
    1/2 cup of salt
    2 tablespoons Cream of Tarter
    1 tablespoon of Oil
    Cook this ingredients until it forms an item in the pan. Pour it out
    onto a Tupperware lid. Cover with damp cloth. Add food coloring if you
    like. Store new playdough in the fridge in an airtight container. This
    is non-eatable playdough.
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    (3) Peanut-Buddy Play Dough (eatable)
    3 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
    4 cups powdered sugar
    4 cups powdered milk
    3 1/2 cups corn syrup
    Mix ingredients by hand. Share. Can decorate with sprinkles, M&Ms
    etc.
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    (4) Salt playdough (not-eatable)
    1 cup water
    1 cup salt
    1/2 cup flour
    food coloring
    Mix ingredients in pan. Add food coloring. Stir on low heat. When
    thickens remove from heat. Put some on waxed paper or floured surface
    and roll out. Cut out objects. Air dry objects few days. Store un-used
    portion in air-tight container.
    Variations: use straws to punch holes for hanging. Glue sequins to clay.
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    (5) Oatmeal Buddy Dough
    2 cups smooth peanut butter
    2 cups rolled oats
    2 cups powdered milk
    2/3 cups Honey
    Optional-Rice Krispes, Coconut Sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Red hots,
    etc...
    Mix ingredients until combined. Wash hands. Lay down wax paper. Let them
    play. Store in air-tight container.
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    (6)Kool Playdough
    3 cups Flour
    1/2 cups salt
    2 Kool-Aide packages
    2 cups Boiling water
    3 tbsp vegetable oil
    Mix dry ingredients together. Add boiling water. Knead on floured board
    can add flour by sprinkles until desired consistency. This play dough
    will last for a long time when stored right.
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    (6) yummy playdough (eatable)
    2 cups of honey
    3 cups of peanut butter
    3 packets powdered milk
    Stir all ingredients together until smooth. Add more powdered milk
    if desired. Is sticky.
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    7.)Cloud Playdough
    1 cup water, 1 1/2 c vegetable oil, 6 c flour
    Add a few drops of food coloring to water. Combine water, oil and flour
    in a large bowl. Knead well. Add more water if necessary in small amounts
    until the dough is soft and stretchy. Cloud dough should be used on a
    washable surface for it is very greasy.
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    8.)Coffee Playdough
    4 cups unsifted all purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup instant
    coffee and 1 1/2 c warm water
    Dissolve the coffee in the warm water. In another bowl, mix the flour
    and the salt.
    Make a well and add 1 cup of the coffee water into it. Mix with a fork
    or with your hands until smoother. Add more coffee water as needed: dough
    should be smooth not sticky or crumbling. Store in air tight container.
    When your done making figures, bake in oven for 1 hour at 300 degrees
    or until hard. A coat or 2 of shellac keeps it well preserved for longer
    lasting gifts. Enjoy!
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    9.) Fruit Playdough
    2 cups flour 1 cup salt 4 tablespoons cream of tarter
    2 cups boiling water 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 3 oz package
    sugar-free fruit flavored gelatin
    Mix dry ingredients in pan. Add the water and oil. Stir over medium heat
    until mixture forms a ball. Pour onto a sheet of wax paper. Enjoy!
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    10.)Salt Glitter
    1/2 cup salt
    6-7 drops food coloring
    Add food color to salt adjusting to desired color shade. Cook in the
    microwave 1-2 minutes or you can also air dry your product. To keep
    soft store in air-tight container.
    ________________________________________
    11.)Frosting Playdough (eatable)
    1 can Frosting Mix
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup peanut butter(smooth)
    Mix together until it reaches your wanted consistency. Enjoy!
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    12.) Jell-O finger paint fun
    Any flavor gelatin and boiling water (adults need to help)
    Use water and add to Jell-O until finger paint consistency. Paint away
    freely, it smells great and the children like to feel of it.
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    13.) Kool-Aide Finger Paint
    2 cups flour, 2 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid, 1/2 cup salt, 3 cups
    boiling water, 3 tablespoons oil.
    Mix all ingredients together. The children like to watch the batter mix
    and let them put it to paper.
     
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    I agree I love the neon. When I made a batch of playdough today I just used regular food coloring b/c I had run out of the neon green.
     
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    hatima~ Thank you!! Those are great!! I copied them and put them in my files!
     
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    I put different spices in mine. Vanilla and lemon extract, and pumpkin pie spice during the holidays!
     
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    I like the idea of pumpkin pie spice. I may try that for Oct or November.
     
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    Cinnamon is really nice for the holidays, too :)
     
  32. LissiaLou

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    Funny thing is, I've never made Play-doh! I usually just go out and buy a couple big packs from wal-mart for about $ .97 each.
     
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    ad65shorty your welcome hope they help. I hadn't realized my mom had that many recipies.
     
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    Homemade playdough is so much more pliable and it lasts so much longer than the store bought stuff. I love the feel of it.
     

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