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Monday, February 20, 2012

No-cook, easy care, home made PLAY DOUGH!


I'd like to share this wonderful recipe, which was given to me by a lovely lady few years ago.
Apparently the usual way to make home made playdough, is to stand at the stove, stirring a
witch-brew like substance, for quite some time. The younger kids can't get involved in the
making and your left with a VERY sticky pan to clean afterwards.

Throw away your old recipes and pick up this lovely one :) Made in minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Plain flour (if you only have self raising, this can be used,
but the results differ slightly, see below)
1/2 cup Cooking Salt
2 tablespoons Oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup Boiling Water
Colouring (OPTIONAL)

Place flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a mixing bowl. Add the boiling water (and optional colouring). Mix the water in initially. The mixture cools very quickly, and once you've mixed the water in, the bowl can be handed over to the kids for them to 'make' the mixture themselves. You may wish to add a little more flour to the mixture, until it is pliable, but not sticky.

The colouring is optional. When I first made this mixture, I used to add blues and red etc. Unfortunately, we discovered one day, that some of the dough, that had been dropped, actually stained the paving. After that I left out the colour altogether. The kids still love it. They think that it looks more like 'real baking' dough, and they enjoy forming little 'cupcakes' etc in their kitchen.

The best thing about this? -  besides the fact that the bowl is almost clean afterwards when you
take out the mixure; it's not cost much more than a few ingredients in your pantry; it keeps the kids occupied; it lasts a LONG time (can be kept even longer in the fridge).
The best thing is that, because the mixture is SO salty - the kids don't eat it
(as they sometimes do with regular types of playing dough).

Hope this helps. Giving them things like this to play with on rainy days can really save your sanity.