Macaroni Craft: Got Crayons? Make Play-Dough!

Vibrant Play-Dough for Hours of Indoor Fun!

By Jamie Twarogowski, Macaroni Kid Lakewood/Littleton Publisher January 8, 2015
I signed up to make play-dough for my daughter's preschool.   I was so prepared...I had already shopped for everything I would need for my go-to recipe, EXCEPT, the food color.  Major Bummer!  I couldn't show up with off-white, flour colored play-dough!! 

Hmmm....we have piles and piles of crayons of all shapes and sizes around here.  So, I had my girl gather all she could find and we made...

Crayon Play-Dough!

I found the first recipe on Pinterest from Sugar Aunts and we set out to make our first batch.  No luck.  Our first attempt came out super dry (i'm thinking it's our dry climate).   So we altered the recipe and made a whole crayon box of colors! 

Here's what you'll need for our version.

2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
2 Tbsp Oil
1 1/2 c. Water
Crayons...the more you have the more vibrant your colors will be
2-3 Drops of Baby Oil (or Glycerin)

First...prepare the crayons.  This is the most tedious part.  Stripping the paper off what seemed like MILLIONS of half-crayons.  (whew!)  Then break them into chunks, no need to chop them up, they melt easily.

In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Put the crayons in and stir until melted. 

While the crayons are melting, add the salt to the water and give it a nice stir.  Once the crayons are melted, remove from the heat and SLOWLY pour the salt mixture into the crayon mixture.  Be careful!  It will bubble and splatter if you pour too quickly!!  Return to stove and stir until salt is dissolved.

In a small bowl, mix flour and cream of tarter together.  Slowly pour flour mixture into crayon mixture, stir until it all clumps into a messy ball.

Remove from heat and place on a heat resistant mat.  Allow to sit for a few minutes until it is cool enough to knead.  Now, the workout!  Add just a few drops of glycerin or baby oil to make it nice and soft.  Knead until the consistency is just right.

Store in an air-tight container when not in use. 

Hours of fun ahead!

So...what do you do if your kiddo doesn't want to give up his precious crayons?  Ask his teacher to save her leftovers and broken bits.  Bring her a fresh box, I'm sure she will be thrilled with the exchange!