Perfect Playdough

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.


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