Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Project #5- Homemade Play Dough

We must not forget the children....NO, they will gnaw at our legs if we do. lol Here is the perfect gift for any child!
My son is a play dough addict. One year, I asked everyone in our family to buy him play dough for Christmas, that's all. After investing thousands in Play-doh (should have bought stock) lol, I decided I would use that preschool teacher brain of mine and make my own. No more store bought for us! Homemade play dough washes out way better than store bought and it's VERY cheap.

I plan on giving these to Ethan's cousins (along with 2 other handmade gifts) this Christmas. These are perfect for your child's classmates too!! You can get a lot for your money. Lets get started shall we?

small plastic container (ziploc has some-6 for $2)
label or stickers (print your own or use the freebies to the left)
Cellophane bags (found mine for $1.50 for 20)
play dough (see recipe)
cookie cutter (optional-but they can be found 6 for $1 @TARGET)

A while back, I was frantically searching for some kid crafts for my son and I found this website: the Crafty Crow . This place is a lifesaver! This is where I found the recipe for chocolate play dough. Yes, I said chocolate!! Ever since, that is all my son will ask for. It makes your house smell delish- so, I really don't mind!
My son is old enough to refrain from eating it.... If the child you plan to give this to can't, please substitute the cocoa for food coloring of your choice. We use what ever we have on organic wheat flour and expensive Whole Foods cocoa...grrr! I encourage you to use what you have. ;)____________________________________


Chocolate Play Dough
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
Mix dry ingredients in a medium size pot. Add wet ingredients and stir together over low heat until a ball of dough forms. Remove play dough from pot and knead by hand until dough is smooth and evenly colored. Store in airtight container.

Gingerbread Play Dough
SAME recipe as above-omit the cocoa powder and add 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon ginger.

Easy as pie! Okay, I will be back on Monday with the continuation of our Christmas workshop. Hope you enjoy your weekend. Oh, and if you are on Facebook, we just opened a Facebook fan page. Come say hello!


JHalmes said...

Fantastic gift idea for my 3 1/2 year old! He too loves playdoh but I get so tired of buying it and watching it dry out! Thanks for the great tip!

Nana in NH said...

I love this chocolate dough idea!
I made cinnamon dough for my grandson last week...Thanks for next weekend's great idea!

Splendid Little Stars said...

awesome! Thanks!

Amanda said...

Thanks so much for posting this and thanks for the super cute labels!! We didn't have enough salt to make both the chocolate and gingerbread, so we combined the two to make chocolate gingerbread dough.

Alissa @ Homemade Gifts said...

Lovely idea! I think the smell of the gingerbread one would make me want to eat it all :)

Caterina said...

Love this! You said you found the gingerbread men cookie cutters at Target. They can be found individually? I would like to do this as a holiday gift for my son's preschool class. I looked online it they sell cookie cutters but as a set.
Thanks for your ideas and help,

Caterina said...

One more question if I am making this for 17 children how many batches of the recipe should I make?

Thanks again,

nicole said...

I was going to give this to my first graders as a Holiday gift, but I made it on Sunday, and when I checked 4 days later it had all molded and I had to throw it out. Did I do something wrong??