While definitely not homemade play dough connoisseurs, we’re pretty proud of our recipe for Dandelion PlayDough.
We’re 6+ weeks into social distancing and so picking up a random ingredient, like cream of tartar, for an afternoon craft activity is a VERY low priority task on our to-do list. Luckily, we put together this recipe that works with just the ingredients we have on-hand at home.
Remember when you were a kid and you thought dandelions were unequivocally BEAUTIFUL? (Back when you didn’t have an internal battle raging between killing these flowering weeds or letting them grow wildly in your yard and risking the scornful looks of neighbors with their perfectly manicured yards? Meanwhile, your other friends without HOAs post images of harvesting dandelions for wine and tea and share beautiful dandelion garnished pizzas!)
Well, regardless of where you fall on the dandelion debate, my kids are young enough that they still LOVE dandelions and an afternoon of picking flowers sounds like great fun. So, the first part of this spring kids’ activity is a nature hike/walk or, perhaps, just a walk around your own front yard.
How to Make Playdough Without Cream of Tartar
Dandelion Playdough Ingredients
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 3/4 cup of very hot water
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Several handfuls of dandelions
- Food coloring (optional)
Dandelion Playdough Recipe Instructions
Heat water until it is very hot (not boiling). We used a microwave-safe dish and heated the water for 1 minute in the microwave.
Combine the hot water and dandelions in a mixer, Ninja or Cuisinart.
Add in the lemon juice and vegetable oil and start mixing. If desired, at this point you may add in additional yellow food coloring (gel or liquid drops).
Also, if you want to add a fragrance, this is the time to include a fragrant essential oil or Kool-Aid.
Next, mix the flour and salt together in a medium sized bowl.
Slowly add the dandelion liquid to your bowl of dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon and eventually your hands. Add small amounts of additional flour, if needed, until your playdough is your desired consistency.
You’re done! Now get to playing. When you’re finished, make sure to store your playdough in an airtight container or ziplock bag