Skip to main content

Making Modeling Dough

Daniel (when he's in Ohio and not in DC) and Suzanne attend an inner-city church in Dayton, OH.  Suzanne teaches Sunday School there, which she loves.  But the church doesn't have much of a budget to buy extras such as toys and Pl*y-Dough.  A friend gave us a recipe for modeling dough, so on Saturday I made this dough for Suzanne and her Sunday School kids.

The ingredients are things that I already had in my pantry:  flour, oil, salt, cream of tartar (I did have to run to the store to replenish my supply on that one), and food coloring. 


You mix it all in a pan, then cook it over medium heat.  As it cooks it thickens and pulls away from the side of the pan.  The next step is to knead it until it is cool.  That's all there is to it.  I made red (which is really pink), blue, green, and yellow.  The pink was my first batch and it is really sticky.  I don't think I cooked it long enough.  In fact, I left all the containers open over the weekend and now they all seem sticky.  I've put them in the fridge to see if that will help.  I hope all my hard (and fun) work is not in vain!  Any body know what to do with sticky modeling dough?  


The recipe I used is:
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
Food coloring


In typing this recipe I realized I didn't use enough salt.  Maybe I can knead in more salt and see if that solves the stickiness problem?  I don't want to just throw this out.  It looks and feels like the real thing!  And I really want these kids to enjoy rolling, twisting, squeezing, and shaping this dough. 




 

Comments

Amanda said…
I just add more flour if its sticky. It seems to work.

You can make no-cook playdough too and also microwave playdough. I've found these recipies much easier. You'd have to google it.

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  




I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.



While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…

Happenings in November

Well, here we are, more than half way through December, and I'm just now getting around to telling you about November.  It was a fun, busy, and eventful month.  We were still on vacation and we got in a lot of good family time during the month.

We were still in Ohio with Suz and Theo at the beginning of the month.  Suz and Theo were working hard to get Hezekiah to gain weight.  He kept losing weight for the first few weeks of his life, but he's doing great now.  We tried to spend as much time as possible with Tera so Suzanne could concentrate on adjusting to the new baby ... but mostly just because we wanted to and we enjoy her so much.  





We also tried to get in as many baby snuggles as we could.



Whenever we are in the area, my dad's cousin, Jeanne, invites us for a meal. She is actually closer to me in age than to my dad, so I've always just considered her a cousin and don't try to figure out if she's a second cousin or a first cousin once removed.  Whatever the …