How to Make Your Own Play Dough
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How to Make Your Own Play Dough

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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How to Make Your Own Play Dough | FreeCoupons.comPlay dough is one of the most common types of toys that appear in Easter baskets. The packages that have small containers of play dough are the perfect size. Cut down on the cost of your Spring spending by making your own play dough. Here are some great recipes to try!

The Best Play Dough Recipe
This recipe for play dough comes from Food.com. It may seem odd to find it there. If you think about it though, it becomes clear that every ingredient in the recipe is an edible item. You will need:

* 2 1/2 cups of flour (and a little extra for non-stick purposes)
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 1 tablespoon alum (a preservative that you can find with the spices in the grocery store)
* 1 3/4 cups boiling water
* 2 tablespoons salad oil
* Food coloring (your choice of color)

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Get a glass measuring cup. Add in the alum, boiling water, oil, and food coloring. Mix it well! When it is well mixed, add it to the flour. Kneed the flour. Add a little more flour until the mixture stops sticking to your hands.

Now, you are ready to divide up the homemade play dough into small, airtight, containers. Want to make things a little more festive? Store the individual amounts of homemade play dough in plastic Easter eggs. It may not last quite as long as it would in an airtight food container. Kids will find it fun to pop the plastic egg open.

Gluten-Free Play Dough Recipe
This recipe comes from Parents.com. Kids who have celiac disease, a gluten allergy, or gluten intolerance will need a wheat free form of play dough. Little kids have a tendency to want to taste and/or eat some of their play dough. Kids may also experience an allergic reaction if they touch the regular play dough and then put their fingers into their mouths. Avoid the danger with this gluten-free play dough recipe. You will need:

* 1/2 cup of rice flour
* 1/2 cup of cornstarch
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon cooking oil
* Food coloring (your choice of color)

Mix all the ingredients together in a pot. Cook it on low heat for 3 minutes while stirring. Keep stirring until the mixture forms a ball (or 3 minutes have gone by). Let the gluten-free play dough cool completely before you store it in a sealable plastic bag.

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