Sunday, 6 May 2012

Crafternoons: Homemade playdough

Our first crafternoon was a hit. Hooray! I can't believe I've never made play dough before - it's so easy and the dough is just lovely to play with. The boys were happy to play for ages together, rolling their dough, cutting shapes, and making pretend ice creams. I added glitter to the mix and what with the sparkles and the uncontrollable desire to knead the dough, I ended up quite hypnotised by it myself.

Here's a basic recipe that should keep for up to six months in an airtight container (originally found here).

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cream of tartar
Optional food colouring/glitter/essential oils (if you want to make dough that tickles another sense)

Put everything into a saucepan and mix it all up with a wooden spoon until it's lump-free.
Set over a medium heat and stir like crazy until the mixture starts to combine together into a dough.
Take it off the heat, and knead until smooth.

That's it. Couldn't be easier. Try it - you'll never go back.
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