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Galactic Playdough

I am in the midst of party-planning craziness for my just-turned-five-year-old. We're having a Star Wars party and our take-home favor is Galactic Playdough. I adapted this recipe from a version of glitter playdough I've seen on Pinterest.  This would also be great in a sensory table or just to play with during a preschool's outerspace unit. 

You'll need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- black food coloring gel paste (I use this kind so it doesn't stain after it finishes cooking), you'll need between 1-2 tablespoons, depending on your liking
- 1/4 cup glitter (or more to your liking)
- 2 teaspoons pure mint extract (not pictured in above photo)

- Combine water, food coloring gel and oil in large stockpot. Turn on your stove to medium heat and stir.

- Combine all dry ingredients (except glitter) and add to the liquids while they're still heating (don't let your liquids get to a boil...just hot enough to incorporate everything). 

-Stir very may take a while to get everything mixed. This is the "beginning stage" of stirring.

- Now is  the time to add in your mint and continue to stir. (I only do this to make it smell nice...I hate stinky play dough. And of course, I'm almost positive outer space smells nice and minty.)

- Almost ready. If yours is still super soft, you can add in a bit more flour, until it's a more pliable consistency. I made FOUR (sheesh) batches of this stuff and half of them were a bit soft and I had to add some more flour. It was a very easy fix.

- Once 99% of the dry ingredients are incorporated, go ahead and pull the dough out of your pot (I put mine onto a cutting board) and let cool for 10 minutes. Give it a few kneads before adding the glitter...

- Make a small well in the center of the dough and add your glitter to it. Then work it in by turning it, folding it, kneading it, etc.

- It's some sparkly madness, I tell ya.

- Store in airtight container.

I purchased these deli take-out containers from a local restaurant supply company. They're perfect and were like $.25 a piece. I added a star cutter and that's it. A really inexpensive (and fun) take-home favor.

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  1. very cool. my boys would love this. i wonder if they make glow in the dark glitter? because that would rock.

    jess @

  2. Very Cool!
    & I like Jessica's glow in the dark idea too.

  3. Just emailed this to a friend of mine who has a preschooler - he'll love it!
    Ann @

  4. That is a great idea for a party favour! I love it. I might even borrow your idea... I'll make it pink though... the wheels are turning Kristi. Great blog!

  5. This looks so fun! I love the glitter!

    We're just starting a link up party and love it if you'd share there (if you are interested):

  6. My nephews are coming this month and I think this just might help keep them busy! I'm so glad you shared it!

  7. This is so creative. And really who doesn't love playdough?? I bet those kids could hardly wait to get to play with it. Thanks for linking up over at SweetTalkin' Sunday!

  8. I love this! Thanks for giving me the courage to use black food color! I made some galactic play dough for goodie bags for my son's Star Wars party. So fun & a big hit! :D

  9. Where did you find the cookie cutter?