Cooked Playdo

Are your children driving you nuts? Try Grandma’s recipe for Cooked Playdo.

  • 1 cup flour ( I used organic )
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar

Measure and stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Here’s my granddaughter stirring things up.

mixing playdo ingredients

Have an adult cook the mixture over medium heat.

Keep stirring until the mixture comes together like this.

The heat binds the ingredients together. There is a residue left on the bottom of the pan. This will come out easily when you soak the pan in water later to clean it. No harm done.

Carefully turn out the hot Playdo onto a countertop. Knead until smooth. Color with your favorite food coloring by making an indentation in the dough, adding a few drops of color, and kneading it into the Playdo.

Once cooled and colored it is ready for children to play with. This Playdo is much easier for children’s small hands to work. It’s also a nice way to teach children how to knead dough. Store this Playdo in a small zip top plastic bag. Make a new batch any time this one no longer seems fresh: about a month. Its the salt that keeps this Playdo safe. You can expect little ones to enjoy a salty lick from time to time. No harm done.


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