Make homemade play dough

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Aside from a family bonding at the mall, it is also nice to have play bonding with your kids. Especially for the children aged 3 to 6; before they start elementary school. Different kinds and types of toys have been launched and are still being launched every year, but nothing beats play dough.

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Play dough was invented on the late 50's in Ohio. It became very popular over the years and spread all over the world. It seems amazing that a modeling compound that is made up of flour, mineral oil, water, salt and boric acid could become such a well-loved part of childhood.

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It is definitely fun to play with play dough, but not only it is fun, it also can help your kids learn to be more creative. Their left brain will work well when playing because they will think of something to imitate using the play dough.

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How can play dough become even more fun? Help them make their own play dough! This is a very inexpensive craft and it's way to learn and to play with your kids. The best part in making your kids play dough is that it is totally safe and non-toxic. You can make any colors that you want (some that you can't find even in the store bought play-dough) and can also be scented! This is a fun and easy activity for kids of all ages (yes, even those who are just kids at heart). They will surely love this and so will you.

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Ingredients

  1. 1
    Gather your ingredients:
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    1 cup of flour
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  3. 3
    1 cup of water
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  4. 4
    1/3 cup of salt (salt is a key ingredient, make sure to use exactly 1/3 cup or your dough can become a sticky mess)
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    1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
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    2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
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    Food coloring (or you can also use packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid to add color to the dough and give it an amazing fruity scent).
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Instructions

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  1. 1
    Gather all the ingredients.
    Make sure that you measure them exactly, no more - no less.
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  2. 2
    Using a 2-quart saucepan, combine the following ingredients:
    flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tartar.
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  3. 3
    On medium to low heat, mix all the ingredients until you notice that it is beginning to thicken up.
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  4. 4
    At this point, you will add your food coloring or Kool-Aid.
    The amount of color added is up to you. (Repeat the same steps for a different color)
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  5. 5
    Continue stirring until it is at the consistency of store-bought Play-Doh and is no longer sticking to the pan or mixing spoon.
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  6. 6
    Remove dough from saucepan and place it on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down.
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    Play!
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Tips

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    Store your play dough in airtight jars, containers or bags to keep it from drying out.
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    Make and bake ornaments and other decorations and creations out of the dough.
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    When cooking, make sure not to keep your eyes out of it, because it cooks quickly.
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    Mixing all the ingredients all together until smooth (except the food coloring) before heating is better.
    You kids will enjoy this step without the risk of catching burns.
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  5. 5
    When you're cooling down the dough, make sure to spread it a little and not just shaped into a ball.
    It will be much easier for you to knead the dough.
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  6. 6
    The smell of cream of tartar is not as pleasant as you can imagine.
    It is best if you'll add some essence of your choice or your kids choice.
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