December 10th, 2009RecipesDebbie Williams 5 Comments

If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive Christmas gift for young children or just a recipe for fun try this play dough recipe. I have the recipe card from my mom’s file and it has a note that it is from Lena Jackson.

Lena was our pastor’s wife during the 1960’s and with three children of her own and a preschool teacher at First Southern Baptist Church in Reedley, Ca, I am sure this recipe came in handy.

My mom used this recipe while serving as a preschool teacher at church, but we also made this recipe many times for my nieces and nephews. I pulled this recipe out of my file for my daughter Sarah to make party favors for my granddaughter Kennedy’s first birthday.

Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (stabilizing agent)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
food coloring (your choice of color)

Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a pan. Mix desired coloring with water, add with oil to dry mixture. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until ingredients stick together in a ball. Cool to touch and knead on wax paper. Store in a airtight container or a zip lock bag.

Lena Jackson


'5 Responses to “Posh Playdough”'
  1. Harry Gordon says:

    Lena Jackson is the wife of Pastor Frank West of Community Alliance Church in Cutler, Ca.

    This goes back to the early 1960’s sometime. Don’t know exactly when.


  2. Harry Gordon says:

    Was it Community Alliance Church or Southern Baptist…?


    Who can remeber back that far!


  3. Christa says:

    Harry, Lena was the wife of John Jackson of Reedley Southern Baptist, the pastor who baptized you. The pastor’s wife of Christian Missionary Alliance pastor, Frank West was Amy West.

  4. Norma says:

    I remember them, for sure. I think it was Alliance Missionary Christain Church in Cutler. I remember that play doh too.

  5. Norma says:

    oh well so I’m a little confused about the name of the church.