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For the young people in your life... There's nothing better than rolling, squishing, and molding play dough. It's a fantastic material that sparks creativity in children and adults alike.... AND! Bonus.... is so very simple to make big batches yourself!
Another project pulled from 3 monkeys archives....
Snowflake Play Dough,
first posted here in winter 2009....
|Sorry for the poor quality photo; but, it's hard to capture sparkles :P|
2 cups white flour
1 cup table salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar (what else do you use this strange stuff for????)
1 tube of white, pink or light blue opalescent glitter (I used about a 1/4 of a cup, but certainly use your own discretion for this part)
In another bowl/measuring cup/or some sort of liquid holding vessel, combine:
2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon of oil
Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix well. Depending on what it feels like after all of your ingredients are mixed, you may need to add more flour if too smushy or more oil of too dry. Once it has cooled enough to hold, kneed it together until it feels smooth. Then package it in freezer bags or wrap it in plastic wrap. VOILA! Pretty sparkly "Snowflake" Play Dough.
Alternatively; you can omit the glitter(or not) and add liquid food colouring (with the liquids, of course), or two packages of kool-aid (for colour) to the dry ingredients. I use neon liquid food colouring and it makes very vibrant coloured play dough (and hands while making it)... the kool-aid makes nice pastelly colours with a great smell. For very intense colours, you can try sourcing out powdered food colouring. If there is a cake decorator in your area, they may be able to hook you up with powdered/paste food colouring sources.
Package this together with a short, thick dowel that can be used as a rolling pin, a bunch of fun cookie cutters and wooden craft sticks to use as knives to cut the dough.
Super easy gift that is sure to please!
Have a lovely day.... ;)