Homemade Play-doh

We've been having a little fun the last couple of days. My Cranium game comes with play-doh and every single day she asks for it. And since, I really and truly haven't been in a toy shop in...over a year...I'm really trying to think...yea, over a year, we had to be creative. I searched for Play-Doh and I realized its similar to making dumplings except adding coloring and oil. So we made some blue and green dough. When yesterday's got sticky, I did a little more searching and saw some recipes for cornmeal play-doh. We're out of stock, which is shocking for a Jamaican family, so I used grits instead. That helped out the texture again. And dear friend Vicki (mommy expert with 6 kids) told me to stick it in a zip-lock bag and put it in the fridge and it'll be okay, tomorrow. And for tools, I just used what I had around. The garlic press made spaghetti. I gave her a cookie cutter, a popsicle stick and a pair of kiddie scissors. She played for hours.
So my recipe went like this.
1 cup of flour, self rising seemed to make it more puffy
1teaspoon of cooking oil
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons salt
Drops of food coloring
Add boiling water little by little until consistency is right.
Grits or cornmeal and more flour if it's sticky.
I hear cream of tartar is excellent in getting the texture right, but I don't have any. Not having this stopped me from making it a few times before, but now I know it's not a necessity. But when I get some, I'll definitely make a batch to see what the fuss is all about.


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