Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Play dough 101

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Play dough 101

I found out after it was already over, but September 16th was National Play dough (or Play-doh if you buy the name brand stuff) day. We love play dough so I thought I would share our favorite recipe.

I have been using this recipe ever since it was sent home with Nathan back when he was in preschool. It lasts for so long and makes for a great activity making it along with your kids. This recipe is nice and easy and takes very little time and is a nice inexpensive toy for your kids. I love that play dough provides many learning opportunities including Measuring, observing reactions (science) and with the addition of cutters in shapes, alphabets, etc the learning continues through play.  This recipe makes enough in one batch to split it up and customize with different colors too!

Smelly Play dough

  2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 packages kool aid (could use food coloring but I prefer the kool aid, adds a nice smell and does not stain hands)
1 tbsp cream of tartar (or alum powder) 
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  
Add boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon.

Allow to cool if needed and then place on counter and knead till soft, adding additional flour if needed until all mixed in and soft.

Store in a plastic container or bag so it does not dry out. We keep ours in the fridge and it will last for months.

If you haven't before you should definitely try out this recipe!

Interesting History of Play-Doh:

Play-Doh was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner. However, its similarity to regular modeling clay without the toxicity or mess made Play-Doh a great toy. Joe McVicker became a millionaire before his 27th birthday after re-releasing the product as a toy

U.S. Patent No. 3,167,440 was granted to Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker for a "plastic modeling composition of a soft, playable working consistency' that eventually became a product known as Play-Doh. Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker founded Rainbow Crafts to start manufacturing their product.
According Hasbro the current owners of Play-Doh, "In 1956, Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound, a non-toxic reusable modeling compound developed and introduced by Rainbow Crafts in Cincinnati, was first demonstrated and sold in the toy department of Woodward & Lothrop Department Store in Washington, D.C."
Play-Doh had been tested/introduced one year earlier (1955) in select schools, kindergartens and nursery schools. Hasbro also states that the formula for the original Play-Doh compound still remains a trade secret. Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker were granted their patent ten years (1965) after Play-Doh was first introduced.
The first Play-Doh Compound came only in an off-white, 1 1/2 pound can and By 1957, there were three additional colors of Play-Doh, yellow, red, and blue.

1 comment :

  1. I like that you use koolaid, it seems like it wouldn't stain. Will have to try this one.

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