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Homemade play dough (and a recipe)

We love play dough….well the kids love it.  And I guess I like it until I am cleaning it up off of my floor at 10:00 pm.  At least it is easier to clean up once it is dry and caked to the floors, right?

Store bought play dough dries out so quickly, so we decided to start making our own.  Plus, there is the added fun of time in the kitchen with the kids and getting to choose your own colors.

Caroline chose orange and purple, which remained separate for approximately 10 minutes before being combined into a now brown blob.  Vance wanted green and blue.  It was so much fun to let them measure and pour.  Since it is not dinner, I am more likely to let them do the job rather than fear that their mistakes will ruin our meal for the evening.  This particular recipe was one we got from a friend, although I changed it up a bit.  It is no cook, which makes it all the more easy to do, and has an amazing texture.

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Easy Homemade Playdough

2 c. flour

1/2 c. salt

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 1/2 c. boiling water

food coloring

Combine the flour, salt, oil, and lemon juice in a bowl.  Pour the boiling water over the mixture and stir until well incorporated.  Allow to cool slightly, then knead the food coloring into the dough.  I divided the dough into four equal balls so that we could have four colors.  The more food coloring you use, the brighter the color of the play dough will be and vice versa.

Enjoy!

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