When you make your own playdough you get to add cool things. Like sparkles. And lavender oil.
You also get to choose your favorite colors, which around here means green and blue or pink and purple.
Abram also wanted brown and black. Of course, with my kids’ propensity to mix colors we always end up with brown soon enough.
I used the standard playdough recipe: 1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, and food coloring mixed in a pot over medium heat until playdough comes together.
Cream of tartar is hard to come by in Taiwan. Mine was lovingly imported from Australia. It had been six long years without any cream of tartar. Snickerdoodles fans, you know this is a problem. (Although, Anna—I saw some at the Wan Long MRT bake shop.)
Just about the only thing my kids love more than playing with playdough is getting to help mom make it. Not to mention the fact that this is ever so much nicer than the stuff you can buy. I ended up asking the kids if I could play with them.
Oh, and perhaps my favorite part is that when (not if) John Amos eats the little bits that get dropped it’s really okay. Beyond non-toxic, this playdough is actually edible….although that much salt probably wouldn’t do you any good. But the salt actually works as a deterrent and John Amos was spitting this stuff out.
Really. You should try it. It only takes 5 minutes to whip up a batch of this soft, sparkly, squishy fun.