Homemade Playdough

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This past week my little guy took an interest in arts and crafts (especially drawing on walls and floors).  So in an effort to embrace and encourage this, I made him some playdough.

Since it was minus a million outside, I didn’t want to go buy Playdough and after a quick Google search, I quickly realized that I didn’t have the necessary ingredients to make this squishy delight. So I improvised and the results were fantastic!

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Here’s what I used:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of salt
3 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup of water
food colouring to your satisfaction

Making it was a breeze!

First I stirred all the ingredients except the food colouring in a plastic bowl.

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Then I poured about a third of the mixture into a small sauce pan on medium heat and stirred until it started to thicken.

Then I added food colouring and continued to stir until it was a doughy consistency.

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I scooped up the dough in a big bloob and put it on some wax paper to cool.  I rinsed out the pot and then added a third of the mixture and repeated the process with a different colour.  I rinsed that out and added the final bit of the mixture to the pot and made the final colour. (If you want more colours, just add less mixture each time)
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After it cooled, we played with it for a little while and then I put it in an air tight plastic container.  We’ve taken it out to play with many times throughout the week and it’s still squishy soft!

An easy, frugal, fun activity!