Playdough is the perfect RainyDayGame. We always have a ball or two wrapped up in our fridge, ready and waiting for a bored moment (‘Urgh! What is THAT?’, my friend demanded when she came across a green ball that I’d made up a few days before…). Kids of all ages love it – the models that they make can be as intricate or as, erm, ‘abstract’ as their ability allows. And it takes literally minutes to make, too – so when another colour is needed, it can be whipped up in an instant! Here’s my favourite playdough recipe:
1 cup of flour,
1/2 cup of salt (it seems a lot, I know, but go with it!)
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup of boiling water, into which you can mix food colouring of whichever colour you (/your kids) desire
Simply mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl, add the boiling water, and stir like mad. The stirring brings it together really easily into a big, playdoughy ball. If it’s for use straight away, I tend to knead it for a few minutes, to ensure that it has cooled down sufficiently before giving it to the children.
And there we have it: Perfect Playdough. Store it in the fridge in little sandwich bags – it’ll keep for weeks.