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Awhile ago I bought ds some beeswax to shape and play with. I hadn't opened it tho. Yesterday we were with a friend who had some playdoh which ds really enjoyed. When we got home that evening I decided to open the beeswax for ds since he so enjoyed shaping and playing with the playdoh but the beeswax was very hard to use despite warming it up alot. Anyone have any suggestions. I'm wanting to buy some playdoh now even tho I prefer the 'organicness' of beeswax.
 

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Hmmmm.... there are lots of good recipes for homemade playdoh. Heres the one I have:<br><br>
1 cup flour<br>
1/2 cup salt<br>
1 cup warer<br>
1 tsp cream of tartar<br>
2 tbsp oil<br>
food colouring<br><br>
The instructions say to add the food colouring to the water, then mix the rest of the ingredients in, and cook & stir it over medium heat until the mixture becomes a thick dough (it happens rather suddenly) then knead it until smooth. I usually do it without the food dye, then knead it in afterwards, to have more than 1 colour (my hands get dyed, but whatever!) ...or you could leave it out entirely ... or maybe use something natural to dye it... I wonder if you could use fruit juices instead of water to get different colours? (blueberry or beet comes to mind) OK, I'm officially off on a tangent...<br><br>
I keep it in the fridge & it seems to last fairly well.
 

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DD has some clay and playdough-she likes both of them, but she tries to eat the playdough. Making some is an excellend idea, I keep saying I'm going too....but now that she tries to eat it-I think I will!<br><br>
I haven't ever used the beeswax before, but I'm sure it's similar to that clay that it isn't quite as plyable as the playdough....it's just not as easy for them to play with.
 

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I played with both the playdoh and the beeswax with ds and I have to admit I preferred the playdoh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: It was soft and so completely malleable, something that I would think little hands would prefer over the beewax. Plus this playdoh was a clay color with no dye in it and it didn't have that really strong 'playdoh' odor I remember from childhood.<br><br>
HomebirthHarriet how soft is the homemade? I've gotten a couple of recipes off the internet but have yet to make them. The playdoh had the softness of risen bread dough.
 

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If anything, it's even a bit softer than PlayDoh. You have a bit of control in the matter... you could just use slightly more or less water depending on how firm you want it. It's more firm when it comes out of the fridge, and softens as it comes to room tempurature. It doesn't keep forever, but I've got some in my fridge that I made a few weeks ago & it still looks fine. I keep it in a ziplock.
 

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I like to use a packet of kool-aid to color/scent the playdough instead of food coloring. Also, be sude to keep it in an airtight container in the fridge or it will dry out.<br><br>
happy playing,<br>
anno
 
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