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Ea's Playdough

This buckaroo is two! Bridger celebrated his second birthday in perfect fashion. One of the fun activities we partook in today was making playdough!


My mom has been using this playdough recipe for over 30 years! It's quick, simple, and a blast to make! Using ingredients you likely have in your home. If you don't have one of the ingredients, you can substitute for another.


One Caution: If working with little ones, remember the water you will be adding has recently been boiling, so the dough will be hot at first, and you should test the temperature before kneading.


Material list:


Dry Ingredients:

1-1/4 cup - Flour

1/4 cup - Salt

1-1/2 teaspoons - Alum or Cream of Tartar


Wet Ingredients:

1 cup - Just boiled water

1-1/2 teaspoons - Oil


Optional Ingredients:

Food coloring

Corn starch


Here's how you make Ea's Playdough:


Gather your ingredients.


In a medium to large sized mixing bowl add 1 and 1/4 cup of flour,


1/4 cup of salt,


along with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons alum or cream of tartar.


Mix well.


Measure 1 cup of just-boiled water into a Pyrex or other easily pourable container.


If you would like to color your playdough, this is where you will add the food coloring.


Then add the 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of oil.


You will need a good squirt of food coloring to enjoy brightly colored playdough.


Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.


Mix with a stiff utensil.


The dough will likely be tacky, this is expected.


Flour an easy-to-clean surface and scoop the dough onto the floured surface. The water was hot, so the dough will be hot, do a few touch tests to make sure you can comfortably touch the dough before continuing to the next step.


Knead the dough in the flour, adding dashes more flour (or corn starch for a silkier dough) as needed until the dough is your desired firmness.


Time to play!


Shape, stamp, squish, repeat!


We would love to see your creations and what colors you choose. Let us know what you made by tagging us on Instagram @bridgeringthegap or on facebook.



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