Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Colour-mixing for kids & the best homemade playdough ever!

Well, maybe not ever, but at least the best I've come up with in years of making playdough for the kids. This particular recipe is really easy yields a moist, pliable, long-lasting dough that my kids love playing with. You don't even need to cook it, so it's kid-friendly to make, too.

He added the colour and did the kneading himself

FYI, that's a self-sculpture he's presenting
Anyway, here's the recipe. It's a winner!

1 c. flour
1 c. boiling water
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1/2 c. salt
1 tbsp. oil
Food col

Mix and knead together in a bowl. That's it! So fast I feel the need to turn the addition of food colouring into a lesson in colour mixing for my three year old whenever we make it together. Here are some easy combos for kids to remember, using basic food colour options:

blue+green=turquoise (pictured)
blue+red = purple

I also have a little colour wheel that we bring out to look at primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Not sure how much my oldest is learning from the wheel, but it makes my day to hear him try to pronounce 'tertiary'.

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  1. I love the colour turquoise and so do my children. Thank you for the recipe, we might even get the chance to make some tomorrow

  2. What a cutie! Glad you are joining us in the Secret Santa Swap. I am going to need an e-mail address so I can send you the name of your partner before the 10th. Merci!

  3. I miss those days when I would make playdough for my kids. I used to have a recipe that called for Kool-Aid, which gave it terrific colour and smell. Your kids are sweet! Angie xo

  4. We are on the same page. We made playdough too! I used a silently different recipe, which involved koolaid instead of food colouring. I will definitely try your recipe.
    PS look forward to hearing about you leaf playdate, that sounds like so much fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!