4.07.2013

Glitter Play Dough





When my oldest daughter was just a toddler, my mother-in-law gave me this recipe for play dough.  Thanks to Pinterest the play dough sparkles with the addition of glitter.  

My daughter will be turning 33 years old soon.  I now make the play dough for her children.  This recipe has stood the test of time and many little hands shaping and forming dough into whatever their imagination creates.




Emi and Cosette will help me demonstrate how to make glitter play dough.  It's that easy.

You will need to following:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cream of tartar
4 cups water
1/4 cup oil
food coloring
colored glitter




In a large heavy pan mix the flour, salt,




and cream of tartar.  That's a lot of cream of tartar and it can be expensive.  A great source for cream of tartar is from San Francisco Herb Co.  A pound of cream of tartar sells for $5.85.




Whisk together.




Add the four cups water.




Add 1/4 cup oil.  I'm using canola oil because that's what I have.




Whisk the ingredients until smooth and free of lumps.




Don't worry if there are a few remaining lumps.  They will go away.  Trust me.

Place the pan over medium heat and cook the mixture.




Stir constantly while cooking.  You will notice that the mixture will begin to thicken and it will start to look really lumpy.  Don't fret.  Just keep on stirring.




Keep cooking and stirring.




Once the mixture is extremely thick, remove from the heat.




Pinch a piece of the dough.  You will notice that the dough will be soft and pliable.




Stir the dough a few times once removed from the heat.  You will notice that the lumps will begin to disappear or will be gone completely.




Turn the dough out onto a non-stick mat or cutting board.  The dough is very warm at this point.  Begin to knead the dough.  I love how the dough feels.  It's hot and soft.  It's a fabulous dough.  Because of the oil, it doesn't stick to your hands.

This is a great mat.  I purchased it at Ikea last year.  It's very large and the kids use it for their play dough or painting pictures for me to post on my refrigerator.




I am dividing the dough into 6 pieces.

This way we can make 6 different colors of play dough.




Emi will demonstrate how to mix the colors into the dough.




I'm adding gel food color to Emi's dough.




Pink, of course.




Emi is folding the dough over the food color and will begin to knead the color into the dough.




Fold the dough over itself several times to incorporate the color.




Yes Emi eventually gets the food color all over her hands.

Not to worry.  It's an amazing thing.  As Emi continues to work the play dough, the food color on her hands begins to disappear.




Now Emi is taking our fabulous Martha Stewart glitter stars and hearts and sprinkling them onto her dough.

Repeat the folding and kneading motion to the dough to incorporate the glitter into the dough.




Now it sparkles.




Just like Emi, who is trying to hide the pink dye on her hands.

Really is comes off as she plays with the dough.




This is Cosette.  She is putting her pink and blue glitter on her purple play dough.




Cosette just sculpted a little girl jumping on a trampoline.

You knew that.  Right?




Just for kicks and giggles, we decided to add a little aroma to our play dough.

I reminded the girls that this was NOT flavoring, just for smell.  I would hope it doesn't smell good enough to eat.





We're adding a little Orange Vanilla scent to the yellow.




I added Lavender to the pink in hopes that it will calm the girls down enough to take a nap.

Nope.




This particular glitter was a favorite for the girls to add. I think we added it to every color.  It's more like a fine sparkling sand than a coarse glitter.  The pink actually looked great in every color, especially the black.

We used the entire bottle.




I made 1 1/2 batches of the play dough (yes, you can half the recipe easily) for 9 balls of play dough that weigh about 10.5 ounces each.





What I love about this play dough is how soft and pliable it is.  Such fun and bright colors.  




This morning I gave hugs and kisses good-bye to Emi, Luke and Cosette.  They began their journey to their new home in Denver, Colorado.  We packed the play dough into plastic bags and tucked it into their filled mini van.  One last little memento from Grandma.

Note:  Cosette doesn't have play dough on her cheek.  She has pop rocks on her cheek.  I poured the pop rocks into a bowl and gave her a spoon to eat them with.  That makes me a good grandma...right?




'Stauching with Grandma.




I can't tell you how my heart  broke as the tail lights of that white mini van drove away.  I walked back into my house and put away the high chair, picked up Cheerio's, wiped off finger prints and washed sippy cups.

The candy jars are completely empty.  The cats have come out from their hiding places.  The house is quiet.

All I have left is the urine from an 8 year old boy with a bad aim.  I followed it from the toilet bowl to the back of the toilet tank.   From the toilet tank to the wall behind it.  From the wall up to... the MIRROR???

LUKE!!!!!!!

Look out Colorado.  These three little kids are going to rock your world just like they have rocked mine.

Luke, Emi, Cosette and Lettie Jane YOU ROCK!!




Glitter Play Dough


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cream of tartar
4 cups water
1/4 cup oil
food coloring
colored glitter


In a large pan mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and oil until no lumps remain.  Heat over medium heat until the mixture is very thick.  Remove the mixture and knead until very soft and pliable.  Add food coloring and glitter and knead until thoroughly mixed.  Keeps for weeks in a airtight container.  Makes about 4 cups of play dough.


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14 comments:

  1. my husband just informed me that I am not allowed to make this...he had 5 sisters who put glitter in play dough and he says that it made a huge mess. Does the glitter come out eventually?
    And, yes, you are an awesome grandma :)

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    1. I haven't had any trouble with glitter getting all over. Seriously! I always have the kids use the rubber mats that I have. Yes, I do notice some glitter stuck to the mat. I run the mat under water in the sink and the bits of glitter just run down the drain. Even with just using the counter top I just wipe off the counter and rinse the towel underwater. I haven't noticed glitter anywhere. Oh there is one phrase my husband has learned to NEVER use around me and that is "not allowed". Seriously...he's afraid of me. Hahaha. If you are concerned, just skip the glitter. Good luck.

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  2. I know just the grandbaby that I will make it for.
    cathy

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  3. Love this recipe, also - I've used it for at least 15 years now. But a friend gave me a great idea - DON'T color the dough. Give the kids markers (we use the washable kind) and let them color it as they play. Just a few dots from a marker is enough ink - they just have to smoosh it around and mix it in. They experiment with color combinations, etc.

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    1. Great idea. Then there is no explaining about why there may be red and blue dye under the kids fingernails :)

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  4. I've never made play dough before. Everyone I know has...does that make me a bad nanny? :) I'm going to have to make this with the girls this summer. Adding glitter would be perfect for those crazy girls. And I have to say, I love the colors! They are so vivid.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tracey

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    1. Girls just love glitter and sparkle. I hope you get the chance to make the play dough and NO that does not make you a bad Nanny. But glitter play dough would push you right over the top! Thanks for your comment.

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  5. I love making play dough with my girls, and adding the glitter would be icing on the cake! Thanks for the great recipe and the beautiful photos of your family! Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I'm assuming you have twin daughters? If that's the case, bless your heart. I love little girls and all the glitz that comes with them.

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  6. I really enjoy your blog and appreciate all your very detailed instructions (and photographs)! My kids are too old for play doh now, but perhaps in 10-15 years or so when they've got kids I can be the grandma making it with them! I hope your daughter and her family's relocation goes smoothly and that you get to see them often. Greetings from Canada, Sarah

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Sarah. Hang on to the recipe those days will be here before you know it! So far so good on the relocation. I'm still sad and miss the kids terribly. You are so kind to comment all the way from Canada. Thanks for making my day :)

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  7. hi i was wondering if there is a way to use less cream of tartar. its so expensive and they only sell it in small jars.

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    1. The small jars are too expensive. I would never make this playdough if I had to buy those. I purchase my cream of tartar in bulk the San Francisco Herb Co. You can buy 1 lb for $5.85 here is the link:

      http://www.sfherb.com/store/SearchStoreResults.asp

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