Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentine's Day Playdough

Valentine's Day Playdough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • about 4 drops of red food coloring drops
  • 2 Tbsp clear glitter (optional)

Add the food coloring to the water before mixing with dry ingredients. (I used 4 drops of red food coloring for this shade of pink). Mix all ingredients in a non-stick pan and heat on medium, stirring, until it forms a ball (It really will form a ball so keep stirring-- and it doesn't take long). Take out of pan and knead until it reaches desired consistency. Be careful. It will be hot.

While kneading, I added about 2 Tbsp. of clear glitter. I packaged the playdough in these take-n-toss containers from Wal-Mart (for my three oldest kids at the time) and stamped it with a small heart-shaped cookie cutter before putting the lid on. Also, cool completely before putting lid on. These were their prizes at the end of their Valentine's treasure hunt one year.

Happy Valentine's Day rolling and cutting and playing dough with your little ones for less than a buck!  Visit LifeAsMom for more Frugal Friday ideas that may or may not be kid-related.


  1. This looks super fun! Do you think you could add some extract or essential oil to give it a nice smell? I'll bet you could...I'll have to try and get back to you. :)

  2. Lisa-

    Yes you can actually! These were vanilla scented. I forgot to add that. I've made it for several different occasions and don't usually add the fragrance. I always like to "print" it with a cute cookie cutter though for when the kids first see it.

  3. I've made homemade play dough with a package of koolaid mix. It smells so good. But it will come out the color of the mix.

  4. Lynn- So fun! I wonder if my kids would try to eat it though. lol