Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Monday Makery - Playdough


Children of all ages love the feel of playdough. Squishing it their hands, rolling it up into balls, strecthing it out under a rolling pin. It's fun to make too and little hands will love the apothecary of mixing it all together and getting a little mucky along the way.

Here's how to make it home.

You will need:
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablesspoon of oil
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • food colouring

    1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a saucepan
    2. add the remaining wet ingredients
    3. cook over a low to medium heat for 5-10 minutes stirring constantly to prevent any one area cooking too long! 
    4. remove the playdough when it feels the right consistency, i.e when it no longer feels sticky
    5. knead the dough until it feels smooth
    6. This is when I like to add the colour. Oona loves to see, as we squish and knead, how the colour of the dough changes with marble like swirls to a solid hue.

      You can store the playdough in the fridge in a sealed plastic container. You could also add a scent to the playdough using vanilla or cinnamon. I try to add scents that aren't asscociated with food so that the children are not tempted to eat it. You could try adding lavender oil or rose or my favourite for playdough, citronella.


      1. how fun, I actually printed a recipe for playdough ages ago and never managed...
        still baking cakes and tartes :)

      2. My kid is 1yr old. He still puts everything in his mouth.
        Is it okay of he eats this?