There are many recipes on the web for making playdough. I made three attempts, before I felt I got it right (I was making some for one of our “story + art” projects and had a very dissappointed Red Ted when the playdough didn’t come out right). So I decided, that I would write a post to show you “How to make playdough – a fail safe playdough recipe”! Thank you @nimblebee2 for your help!
When we first made playdough, I was a little worried he would want to eat it, as we do a lot of baking and he loves to lick the spoon. Surprisingly, he didn’t. Playdough is like a magic word!
Homemade playdough tends to be softer and not “smell” as nice, but it is just as much fun.. and we add a sneaky bit of vanilla and cinnamon to make it that little bit lovelier!
And here is how:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plain flour
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- Vanilla essence or cinnamon
- Food colouring, Red, Blue, Yellow
- Put all ingredients (minus colouring and vanilla/ cinnamon) in a pan (your child can help – the photo shows Red Ted on our 1st attempt, the remaining photos are the best recipe given above!).
- Stir over a medium (!) heat. Until smooth/ less sticky looking. If very sticky, cook a little longer. Probably a total of 10minutes? (that by the way is my finger doing a pinch test in the photo)!
- Let cool.
- Divide into three batches and add food colouring / smellies (one vanilla, one cinnamon, one plain)
- Store in fridge
- PS see Red Ted’s apron – check out the link below, but that is a NO SEW APRON! Woohoo!
(My pitfalls: too little salt (misread the recipe) & then cooking it too hot too rapidly!)
Some recipes state to put the colouring whilst cooking, this is great if you want to get a really nice strong colour, as I found if you add TOO much colour at the end the dough gets sticky again. But it does mean cooking 2 batches! Ditto if you want to add lots of vanilla – suggest you add DURING the cooking process and not afterwards like me!
Enjoy the playdough!
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