I live in San Francisco where gluten is public enemy #1, the whole city is is seemingly vegetarian/vegan/nut-free/dairy-free, the non-conformists are considered the cool ones and coconut oil reigns as the cure-all for everything. I had never heard of coconut oil until 2014 and its now become the new superfood, claiming to do everything from promoting weight loss to whitening teeth to strengthening the immune system. See 101 uses of coconut oil here. Seriously, is there anything coconut oil CAN’T do?! I haven’t really jumped into this fad because I’m not a huge coconut person, but I did pick up a jar of coconut oil from Trader Joe’s to use as moisturizer. Since I had a huge jar of it, I also used it to make Zoey homemade play dough! I’ve made buckets and buckets of play dough with Zoey before with all sorts of oils, but coconut oil is definitely my favorite because it smells so good and has the added benefit of moisturizing our hands when we play with it.
Coconut oil is one of those weird oils that is solid at room temperature, looking a lot like lard, but liquifies when heated up:
Look at all the pretty colors you can make!
We go through play dough a lot in our household so making our own homemade version is actually really easy, fast and cheap. It takes only about 3-5 minutes on the stovetop. The only downside is that it uses A TON of salt in the recipe, we are constantly running out! Once I make the dough though, if stored in a sealed container or ziploc bag, it lasts for a long time. We are still playing with play dough that I made over half a year ago!
Here are the ingredients you need to make one large ball of dough, all things that you can find in your pantry:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp. cream of tarter
- 1/3 cup salt (any kind)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also use 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (pictured) or olive oil
- food coloring. I use Wilton’s gel food coloring
In a saucepan combine flour, cream of tart and salt together:
Turn on your stove to medium heat, add water and your choice of oil, and stir:
Time to play!!! Zoey loves playing with all her play dough!!! We have all sorts of animal cookie cutters and these play dough tools. It’ll keep her occupied for awhile. We have been potty training lately (Lord, help us all!) so play dough has been the perfect indoor activity for us!
Now go make lots of fun colors!