We always have a batch of homemade playdough on standby in our house. I find it’s great in the afternoon, as a way to get my very active 4yo to have quiet & calming play (generally while I cook dinner).
Because we play with playdough often we have to find different ways to make it interesting. I often make a ‘theme’ batch and add a few toys or different materials to mix things up.
With Valentines Day just around the corner this is the batch I put together – it includes homemade red sparkling dough, heart shape cookie cutters and some shiny beads (bling). Miss M had a ball making hearts encrusted with bling and was even practicing making the letters of her name using the beads in the dough.
This is my fail safe Playdough recipe –
1 cup Salt
2 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
2 tablespoons Oil
2 Cups Water
A few drops of the food colouring of your choice.
*in this particular batch we added roughly 2 heaped tablespoons of glitter for that extra ‘sparkle’.
I add everything into a medium saucepan and continually mix over a medium to hot heat (it won’t take long so don’t walk away!). It will thicken and start to look like a thick mash potato mixture, remove it from the heat and dump it onto some baking paper to cool. NOTE- there is something very therapeutic when kneading lovely warm playdough ;)..
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