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Best Play Dough Recipe… EVER… EVER…

21 Jan

My son, Shaeffer, took a two year old class well when he was 2!  His teacher was Miss Nadi and she was amazing in every way possible.  She was happy and sweet and creative and she sang adorable songs with the kids.  She even recorded herself singing the songs so the kids could listen at home.  This still is one of his favorite CD’s and he’s now 5!  Well every year she would ask a few parents to make a batch of play dough for her classroom.  This play dough would last her all year!  It’s soft and creamy and wonderful!

Well yesterday Sutton’s Kindergarten teacher asked me to make a class batch of play dough for a center next week.  She said I could use any recipe I wanted and I immediately thought of MISS NADI.  I can honestly say that I often make Kool-Aid play dough, which is also awesome, but it doesn’t last nearly as long!  I made a batch of Nadi’s Dough this morning and it brought back all those fond memories of our two year old class.  The smell, the texture, the color all PERFECT…  It makes a big batch so if you don’t need it all give some to a neighbor or friend!  You could make valentine play dough and put it in little bags for your friends…  What ever you decide, it’s great dough and it will go a long way…

Here’s the Scoop:

Stir together in a big bowl, 4 cups of flour, 2 cups of salt, and one container of cream of tarter (I used 2.5 ounces).  In a large pot combine 9 tablespoons vegetable oil, 4.75 cups hot tap water and food coloring.  Add the dry ingredients to this pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.  It looks like a mess, but it will thicken and get lumpy and eventually form into a ball.  Turn the dough ball out of pan on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and combine.  Put the dough in a bag while it is still warm and check later for consistency.

***  When you first put the dough in the pan, try to break up the lumps with the spoon.  Later, when it is getting close to being done, lumps will form and all the goo will come together and form into a ball.  When the play dough is done it should be very soft and easily squish through your fingers.  If it’s too dry just add extra hot water (which I did not have to do).

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