Play Doh for the Angels

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A few weeks ago, Mike and I went to volunteer at Angeles de Medellín, a community center in an impoverished community near Medellín, Colombia. Our day started when we met the director, Marcos Kaseman, at the metro station where then hopped on the cable car and went up the side of the valley to meet other volunteers at a coffee stand before hopping on a rickety bus that took us even further up and out of the valley. When we arrived at tiny town of Regalo del Dios, we all hopped off the bus onto the dirt road and then made our way up the hill to the community center.

We spent the day teaching a little bit of English, but mostly playing with the kids who came to the center. I got schooled in the game of Memory and Mike was commanding the jump rope. We played all day long and the children were delightful. They make fun and games from everything — even the broken hula hoops. So I thought it would be great to make a little play doh for them. After all, who doesn’t love play doh?

Being in Colombia, I don’t have access to all of the things the common recipes include, such as cream of tartar and liquid food coloring. So my recipe is a little bit different. But you can still make it anywhere that you can find flour, water, oil, and salt. Which is also all non-toxic. Yeehaw! If you’d like to read more about our experience volunteering, you can do so here. Otherwise, here’s the recipe. Have FUN!

what you need

what you need

What You Need

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup water (warm water is better for dissolving food coloring and kneading)
  • food coloring
  • A surface for sprinkling flour and kneading

What You Do

  1. Combine and thoroughly mix the flour and salt in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, pour in the water and oil.
  3. Add two spoonfulls of the flour mix into the liquid mix, then shake in and mix a little food coloring until it looks like it will be the color you want. A little goes a long way.
  4. Then slowly add the flour mix into the liquid mix, stirring with a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle a little extra flour on your kneading surface and knead the dough thoroughly. If the dough is really sticky, add a little more flour. If it is a little sticky, just keep kneading and see what happens.
  6. Then you’re done and ready to play!
  7. Keep dough in an air-tight container.
Get fancy by dividing the recipe into 4 bowls for 4 colors

Get fancy by dividing the recipe into 4 bowls for 4 colors

Food coloring + oil + water + flour

Food coloring + oil + water + flour

kneading the blue dough

kneading the blue dough

All of the different colors I made from my 3 color packets

All of the different colors I made from my 3 color packets

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