Thursday, February 23, 2017

Recipe: No-Glue Playdough "Slime"

Slime is popular again and I've watched several tutorial videos that use ingredients that aren't safe for toddlers. Tiny ones often experiment with taste and textures of objects they are playing with by putting it into their mouths.  I'm resurrecting a old play-dough recipe I used to make for my kids in Sunday School that looks very similar to the opaque slime, but won't hurt your child should they try to eat it.  

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You will need:

1 cup white flour
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
Mix these ingredients in a medium saucepan on the stove.

Then add the following items:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoon food coloring.


(Note: Children older than ten years of age can cook this recipe for their younger siblings with adult supervision.)

Stir while cooking over medium heat (three to five minutes). When it forms a ball in the center, turn out, it will look like a terrible mess and you'll think it isn't cooking right, but just keep stirring. Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes Add 1 to 2 drops of wintergreen extract and a tiny amount of paste food coloring at this time, if you want a good smelling colored playdough. Knead until well mixed. This playdough will keep for quite a while if stored in an airtight container. When it begins to dry out, add a few drops of water in container before storing to regain softness.

(Note: I have used an empty and washed plastic margarine tub with a  lid to store playdough in. It remains good for about 6 months.)

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