We're having a playdough playdate with small friends tomorrow. . . and we're out of playdough. Except one small tub of peppermint candy cane playdough from last Christmas. Check out this amazing recipe that you cook in the MICROWAVE in just a couple of minutes, and don't have to labor over a hot stove for. Each kid picked their color and made their own personal playdough. To add an extra element of educational fun: as you wait for extra batches to cook in the microwave, let the kids feel all the playdough balls and decide which is hottest, which is coolest. What they smell like. Why they smell like that. How the colors mix to make new colors, and how the heat in the microwave makes the colors more vibrant. Science geekiness all around. One more awesome frugal feature to this recipe: you can substitute lemon juice or vinegar for the pricey cream of tartar! The recipe called for 1 T. cream of tartar, but not having any and not wanting to buy any, I found online that you can substitute lemon juice or vinegar at three times the amount of tarter called for. Adds a nice citrus scent. Here's the fantastic recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp oil
1 cup water
Stir in plastic bowl and place in microwave for up to five minutes, stirring at least once. My microwave it took about 3 minutes total.
Original recipe (before lemon juice addition) from http://picklebums.com/2007/07/24/insane/