It must have been the week, last week, for Playdough, as I saw so many photos and posts about Playdough. We have had quite a bit of inside time as I was struck down with the horrible flu and have not ventured out unless I absolutely had to, so it was a week of inside play for us. While all the Playdough photos were shared there were also many people asking for the recipe, so I thought I would share our Cooked Playdough version.
There are a few different recipes out there, but I found this recipe one of the best for nice, soft dough that lasts for ages, (three months in fact if you keep it in the fridge). This is also the recipe my mum used when I was little. I also add a few drops of essential oil, which makes it smell lovely, try lavender, orange or peppermint. Homemade dough is super easy to make and you then know exactly what has gone into it.
All you need:
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
- Food colouring of your choice
- Essential oils of your choice (optional)
Pop all the ingredients apart from the essential oils into a saucepan. Stir well on medium heat until mixture comes away from the pot and forms a ball. Don’t overcook otherwise the dough will go dry. Place on a board and knead well and then leave to cool. Once the dough is cool, knead in a few drops of essential oil. The dough should keep for three months if stored in an airtight container in the fridge. I give the kids a variety of utensils to use with the playdough rolling pin, cookie cutters, a plastic spork that I saved from something, cupcake wrappers, flowers and leaves for decorating, the ideas can be endless. On this day Alex made a number of things and ended with cupcakes, he then made an oven out of a wooden box and some blocks. These were then decorated with leaves and flowers and will be cakes for Daddy’s Birthday.
So there you go, a super easy recipe and you know what all the ingredients are.