Friday, 4 November 2011

Playdough Recipe (No Cook)

Everything required for this really quick recipe is available in the home baking aisle. No weighing required and any standard cup will do, easy as pie! It makes a really soft pliable dough that is totally natural. You now have a steady supply of dough and your children won't know the difference between it and the shop bought variety. This is also suitable for air drying but the colours do fade, so I suggest making the dough undyed and painting the dried model instead.

Adult supervision is needed.

Makes 580g

½ Cup Table salt
1 Cup Plain flour
1 tbsp Cream of tartar
1 tbsp Oil
1 Cup Boiling water (must be boiling water)
Red food colouring
Yellow food colouring
Blue food colouring
Green food colouring

Large bowl
Standard tea cup
Measuring spoons
Rubber gloves

Place the salt, plain flour and cream of tartar in a large bowl.

Mix in the boiling water and oil in with a spoon. Mix thoroughly together. If you don't use boiling water the dough is much softer and stickier and may not last as long. If you prefer you could add some food colouring along with the boiling water for a single coloured batch.

Knead until smooth on a clean working surface.

Divide into individual balls corresponding with number of colours you want.

With rubber gloves, knead in the food colouring in until smooth and fully incorporated (basic colour mixing rules apply, red and yellow make orange etc.)

This makes wonderful playdough which lasts for months in little plastic ziploc bags or airtight tubs. I gave this recipe to my son's preschool and they love it.

Mix new colours, great for small hands.

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