I love making play dough. There is something fun about developing this colorful toy yourself, knowing that some little children that you love will have hours of play ahead of them.
The classic playdough recipe, cooked on the stove, works great but it takes a lot of elbow-grease stirring and stirring. So, when I came across a recipe for MICROWAVE play dough, I had to try it.
Oh my goodness, is this so easy and the play dough turns out just as pliable and deeply colorful as ever. I don't think I will make the old recipe again.
How To Make Play Dough In The Microwave
1 cup water
1 generous T cooking oil
10-20 drops food coloring
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 cup bleached flour*
*Bleached flour is whiter and gives you a truer color.
Use a microwave-safe mixing bowl. This process takes about 5 minutes including prep.
Combine water, oil, food coloring and stir.
Add cream of tartar, and stir again.
Add salt, stir.
Gradually add flour and stir as you go along to prevent lumps.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
Another 30 seconds.
A third time, 30 seconds.
A fourth time, 30 seconds.
It will now be in a ball.
Let sit for 2 minutes.
Remove from bowl and put the play dough ball on a dinner plate to cool.*
Wrap cooled play dough in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
*I spray the plate with cooking spray to make it easily removable from the plate.
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