BASIC PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
Here is my basic, tried and tested, almost flop-proof playdough recipe. The secret to keeping it exciting and interesting is that I try to make it look or smell different every time. Do this by adding different food colouring or flavours to the dough. This is a wonderful way to take a simple activity and turn it into a multisensory experience. Please note, this recipe is completely taste-friendly.
• 1 cup flour • 2½ teaspoons cream of tartar • ¹/³ cup salt • 1 cup water • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, as well as extra to coat it in before you store it (this prevents the dough from drying out and crystallizing on the outside) • food coloring (water based food coloring is preferable, as it does not stain the skin as much as gel colouring) • flavour or essence (optional)
• In a large saucepan, combine all of the
dry ingredients. • Mix in 2 tablespoons of oil, as well as
1 cup of water. • Stir the mixture continuously over
medium low heat. • Once the mixture starts to thicken, add
in the food coloring. • Stir until the dough begins to pull away
from the sides of the saucepan. • Tip the dough out onto a plate, and
allow to cool. • Once the dough is cool enough to
handle, knead it into a smooth ball. • Once you are ready to store it to play with another day, roll into a smooth ball, coat it with oil, and either cover it with cling wrap, or store it in a ziplock bag.