Galaxy Playdough

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Introduction: Galaxy Playdough

Make a playdough that sparkles like a nightsky!

Step 1: What You Will Need

2 cups of plain flour
2 cups of water with black and blue food coloring (you will need the large bottle of black food coloring for the deep color)
1 Tbsp. of cooking oil
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup of salt

glitter - silver, purple, blue

(FYI: I found black food coloring in a large size at Big Lots - so I added the entire bottle!  I added a small bottle of blue food coloring.  It made the dough so deep and rich!)

Step 2: Making the Playdough

Mix liquid ingredients in a large pan.
Begin to heat liquids.
In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.  
Add to the heating liquids.  
Stir until the dough gathers and thickens.  
Cook until it gets that sheen to it.  
Let it cool slightly and then knead to bring proper consistency.  Store in plastic container.

Step 3: The Most Important Step!

I put glitter on the table for the children to push into the playdough - creating the galaxy!  I used silver, purple and blue glitter.  Lots of it!!
I put glitter out every time we put dough out.  This added a fresh dash of sparkle.

Finally, I put out an assortment of items for the children to create little space scenes such as the glow-in-the-dark stars and large beads from the dollar stores.  For more photos, check out the link below:

http://fairydustteaching.blogspot.com/2011/05/galaxy-playdough.html

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does the black and purple blend and turn into one color as you play with it??

This is great, but does it mark when the kids play with it (hands, tables, floor etc)?

yes, it's out it sets up like a dough. I only did a small practice run, but it only took about a minute or so, it starts getting thick, and then it happens VERY fast. I am not sure about the larger batches that I will make next week...

With that much food coloring does it dye your hands when you start playing with it???

I wanna make some but don't want black dyed hands... hehe

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I am making a huge batch of this next week, so I tried a small batch as a trial run. I did get a little food coloring and so next week, when I'm elbow deep I will wear gloves! But even so, it wasn't ALL over...

The first pic, if you look close enough, there's coloring all over the fingertips. I'm guessing yes.

I would have thought that any food colouring would wash off quite easily. Can anyone with experience offer confirmation ?

It comes off very easy :) I used to dye myself green every St. Patrick's day (lotion and green food color). All you have to do is before you start make sure you moisturize your hands, and after you are done, just wash and dry your hands, then put more lotion on your hands again and rub it in, when you run out put more on. Then wash again. The only places I ever had to do this to was my elbows and knees, guess they were dry and sucked all the food color in :) I put it in my kiddos bath almost every night and it never stains, even the one night that somehow no one pulled the plug in the tub. :) Food color is your friend :)

No food coloring can be quite hard to wash off it does stain your hands pretty good.

Simple solution: disposable PVC gloves, available in pharmacies and supermarkets and hardware stores.

I made many wedding cakes and used food coloring to color the frosting, and it does take a couple of days for some of the darker colors to wash off. I am allergic to bleach, perhaps using bleach would get your hands back to normal quicker, I do not know.

O_o couldn't be further from the truth- sometimes it can take days before it comes off, even if you scrub.... it also stains clothes and most surfaces.

My friend and I made it! We did it just like the instructions said and it turned out... like biscuits. It did NOT work. What else could we do? Go and make Kool-Aid play dough, or make slime find recipie at science bob.com

Can you do it with blue food coloring and no black? They don't sell black food coloring here

Can you do it with blue food coloring and no black? They don't sell black food coloring here

What temperature should the liquids be heated at?