We seen this idea on "Family Fun". (Love that site!) And Carter (my 8 year old) wanted to make these for his Valentine's instead of giving out paper ones.
The initial idea sounded cool..and truely it was easy..but when you wait till the VERY last minute to do this it becomes work..lol..
If you have never made home made play dough you really should give it a try. It's VERY easy and was made in like a total of 15 minutes-seriously! And it was fun to watch it transform...however I think I need to start using the shake weight, this stuff gave my arm a work out lol..
Ok so here is the recipe from Family Fun...
3 Cups of white flour
1 1/2 Cups of salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
3 1/4 Cups of water
6 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
Red food coloring
Cookie Cutter of your choice..obviously we used a heart....
In a medium sauce pan mix all the dry ingredients with a wisk or fork. mix them together well.
In a separate bow mix all the wet ingredients. Add your food coloring until you get your desired color. I used gel food coloring..and the color did not come off on our hands when the dough was played with.
Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry, turn your burner on medium and continuously stir...don't stop stirring you don't want it to scorch.
Once you get it all stirred it will be super smooth liquid for a little bit then all of a sudden you will notice that it's getting lumps all over it..don't freak out this is normal..it's beginning to thicken..yay that's what you want.
As you are stirring it you will feel it getting thicker and thicker and your arm will seem to get wimpier and wimpier (I promise ) This will take around 10 minutes,..once it has gotton thick enough that you can't stir it anymore, let it sit and cool.
Once it's cool, knead the dough and roll it around into balls to be prepared to be rolled out. I thought it would be cool at this point to add red glitter but the boy didn't think so...what does he know about cool???
Roll out flat and cut with your cookie cutters. I got lucky and went to Dollar Tree and found these ziplock bags with hearts all over the outside. Perfect for the dough. I was going to add a real fancy to/from tag but decided against it..I didn't really feel like taking the time to do it in all honesty!
We bagged em up and Carter wrote his name on them..as you can see we didn't even pay attention that the hearts even went in right side up..lazy I tell ya lazy lol..so there ya have it. Simple as that..not real "boyish" like I think Carter was hoping for...but I think the kids will like it..I mean really who doesn't love play dough..?? Oh that's right...other mom's lol..I see a future beating at the next PTO meeting ha ha..!!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!