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A whole lotta dough 

This recipe makes enough for a 2qt container

  • 5 c Flour
  • Entire package of Salt  (26 oz)
  • 5 c Water
  • 10 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 5 tsp. Salad Oil
  • Food Coloring the more you use the darker the color

** use the following amounts for:

  • Jell-O 1pkg.
  • coco ( see variations below)
  • vanilla 1tblsp.
  • kool aid 1pkg,
  • extracts 1 tblsp ( the more you use the stronger the scent)

 

-- Add food coloring etc, to water

-- Mix all ingredients

-- Cook over medium low heat. Stirring constantly.

-- It will pull from sides of pot

-- Knead—if sticky add flour slowly until not sticky

-- Store in a plastic container.

 

Variations:

 

-- Chocolate play dough—replace 1 to 1 c of flour with coco and add 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla

** This one you have to watch out for they tend to want to eat it.(The vanilla gives it a true chocolate smell.)

 

** One of our kids asked for bubble gum smelling dough, which is a hard scent to come by.

My solution was to use cheap bubble gum toothpaste (found @ a dollar store) mixed in after pink dough or purple (grape) was made.

I had to use extra flour when kneading to get rid of the stickiness.

It worked and the bubble gum smell lasted a long time!

--D.C

 

Hints:

-- Another source for scents are candy making supply stores or try potpourri oils.

-- Add coloring and scents to water before mixing. You will get a more uniform color.

-- Use an old pot

-- If dough scorches just peel those bits out

 

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

 

  • 1 lb jar sweetened applesauce
  • 8 oz cinnamon

--Drain 1# jar of SWEETENED applesauce overnight (you will be amazed at how much water seeps out!!)

--Add 8 ounces of cinnamon to this and mix together well.

--Knead into a ball, press hard to solidify and mix.

--Then pat out in 1 cup units onto wax paper ( to about ” thick )

--Use cookie cutters or plastic play dough knives

Paper Clay

2 c construction-paper scraps
4 1/2 c water
1/2 c flour
Blender
bowl
spoon
molds

~~Tear construction paper or put through a shredder

~~Pour 4 c water in blender

~~Add paper scraps

~~Blend until mixture turns into pulp.

~~Drain and squeeze water out

~~Put in bowl

~~Mix flour with remaining water

~~Add flour and water mixture slowly

~~Knead until a dough forms.

~~Press clay into molds

~~Let dry 1 to 2 days  

 

Optional:

Add confetti or glitter

Cookie cutters or gelatin molds for your mold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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