Hi friends. Last week I shared the boys easy Space Themed birthday party and one of the activities we had that also doubled as the party favors– homemade Sparkly play dough made for my boys by Nikki at Tikkido. Today, Nikki is sharing with us the tutorial on how to make it ourselves! It’s so easy, I couldn’t believe it!
But first, a little about Nikki. Nikki is one of my favorite people. She is an amazing party planner (check out her online magazine, Festivities, of which she is editor, contributor, photographer extraordinaire), she is an insanely talented do it yourselfer (She built her own pizza oven as a project her last pregnancy) and she is a wonderful friend. But you want to know what makes her so dear to me? She is so sweet to my kids. She always includes my twin sons with special needs in everything and if she feels an event might be overwhelming for them due to amount of people, she is the kind of person who offers to replicate it just for them. She is so dear to me, so be sure and give her facebook and blog (links at the bottom) some My Sweet Homeschool love!
Making homemade playdough is one of my favorite family crafts. There’s something absolutely magical about seeing common household ingredients come together into that fabulous, malleable stuff at the center of so many happy childhood memories.
HOMEMADE SPARKLING PLAYDOUGH RECIPE
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Add food coloring to water for easiest, even distribution. This is especially helpful if you’re using a gel or paste food coloring. If you don’t happen to have food coloring sitting around the house, you can use a packet of Koolaid drink mix to add vibrant color and fun scent. It still won’t taste good, though!
Place flour, salt, colored water, oil, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it turns into playdough. You’ll know when it’s right. It’s obvious.
Turn dough out onto the counter to let sit until it’s cool enough to knead. Flatten a bit on the counter, and sprinkle generously with glitter. Knead the glitter into the playdough. If you want more sparkle, repeat this step. I find I like the larger glitter flecks instead of the super-fine glitter for playdough.
Store in an airtight container. One batch of this recipe filled four jam-jars perfectly. If you’re worried about glass breaking, clean deli containers (either recycled or bought at a restaurant supply) make fabulous plastic containers for the playdough.
How easy is that? Thank you Nikki for sharing this great tutorial with us today!~~Katie
Nikki is the creative force behind Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras, Inc. She loves decorating cakes but not eating them, can’t sit still to watch a movie, and has a deep and abiding love for Yorkshire pudding. She lives and works with her husband and two daughters in the Phoenix area.