Microwaveable Play Dough Recipe

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Microwaveable Play Dough Recipe
Playdough Recipe
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Remember how much fun you had as a kid playing and making shapes out of clay? This Microwaveable Play Dough Recipe is incredibly easy, creative, and perfect for little imaginations. By simply putting your four ingredients into one bowl and placing in the microwave, you'll  have homemade play dough in just under five minutes. Your kiddos will love rolling and creating with this play dough recipe and you'll have them entertained for hours. Get your kiddie tools out because you'll be cutting, rolling, and building many fun play dough projects all afternoon!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueClay



Play-Doh was originally intended not intended to be a toy! Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, Play-Doh was first manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. Wallpaper cleaner was a hot commodity at the time; coal was the leading way to heat homes, but it left a layer of soot everywhere that was difficult to clean off of wallpaper. Two brother, Cleo and Noah McVicker designed a wallpaper cleaner for Kroger Grocery.

However, after World War II, the transition from coal-based home heating to natural gas meant there was less of a need for wall paper cleaner. The McVicker's nephew, Joe McVicker, was tasked with saving the company from bankruptcy. He was aided, in 1954, by his sister-in-law, Kay Zufall. She needed cheap materials to have her kids make Christmas decorations at her nursery school and ordered a bunch of wall paper cleaner from her brother-in-law's company for this project. It worked and the kids loved playing with it! Joe then re-named the wall paper cleaner, Kutol's Rainbow Modeling Compound, took out the detergent from its mixture, and added an almond scent and some coloring, which became the first Play-Doh.

Nowadays, you can learn how to make your own play dough; and, it is still a popular toy. Play-Doh is now sold in 75 countries and an average of nearly 100 million cans of Play-Doh are sold annually.

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What kid does not enjoy play dough to play with and though it can get quite pricy why not make your own. I bet you have most or all ingredients in the kitchen. You need flour,salt,cream of tarter,food coloring and microwave. Super quick and easy to make with this great video and written tutorial. Good idea to make on a rainy day and let the kids see what color they can come up with. And while you are at it read the story about play dough. It is very interesting.

I have nearly bankrupted myself buying playdough for my niece and nephew for when they come cove to stay with us...there's a 3 year gap between them but what kid and adult can resist playing with playdough! It's great for getting them to bond and play together but I really love that the 3 of use can whip up a batch of it, sounds like its going to be lots of fun and lets face it a little easier on the purse!

How cool that you can make play dough in five minutes now! Also, the history of Play-Doh is fascinating; I can't believe that story hasn't been made into a movie yet!


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