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Halloween Play Dough Craft

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3/8 cup salt
  • 3 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • Food coloring
  • Large pot
  • Mixing spoon

How to Make

  • Dump the water, flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil into your pot. Mix together really well, getting out as many of the clumps as you can. Add food coloring a drop or two at a time until you are happy with the color.

  • I let Raileigh help with everything UNTIL this point. Older kids could probably handle stirring over a hot stove, but I am just not ready to go there with Raileigh yet.

  • Heat your stove to medium heat and put the pot on. You will want to stir your mixture constantly. I mean that. Don't stop stirring.

  • Pretty soon, the mixture will start to become a big clumpy glob of play dough. Stir until you have one big glob. As you move it around the pot it kind of cleans residual play dough off the edges of the pot.

  • Let the dough cool for about a minute until it isn't scalding hot. Drop your glob on the counter and start kneading it using your hands. As long as you've let the dough cool, this is definitely a step the kids can help with!

  • Pretty soon, your dough will be ready to play with!

  • A special note about storage: I am not sure how long this play dough stays good. I have kept batches for several months and they have been good. I store our play dough by wrapping it in plastic wrap, then putting it in plastic container with a lid. These steps help it not to dry out and stay fresh.

  • Since we made fun, festive Halloween colors, of COURSE we had to make a few pumpkins! REESE'S PIECES Candy makes great pumpkin faces!

  • This play dough can keep our entire family occupied for hours. Seriously, who doesn't love to get their hands into a fresh batch of play dough?