Sunday, 12 February 2012

Activity: Making playdough, basic recipe and variations

We made playdough. I've not made my own playdough for ages but now Seb is getting older i thought we'd have a go. Its really easy to make and is fun for children of all ages.

Put 2 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of salt in a bowl
Then add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 cup of water. If you want to make it coloured pop food colouring into the water before adding, make sure you add quite alot to get a good colour. I used blue and also added some blue glitter i had lying around.
Mix the ingrediants into a paste then put into a saucepan and cook on a low heat. Don't worry if its gloopy it will gradually come together in the pan and become a dough and form a ball. When it has cooled enough take the dough out of the pan and knead for several minutes.
Make sure you soak the pan right away to make sure all the residue will come off.
You should end up with a soft ball of dough like this. This dough will last a week or so kept in an airtight container. If you want to make a longer lasting dough you can add cream of tartar to the mixture which will make it last for several months again if kept in a container.

As i said above you can add any colour to the dough and you i also added glitter. Other things you can do include;

  • Add sparkly stars for magic dough
  • Add the food colouring once the dough is cooked and then knead it in to get a marble effect
  • Make smelly dough by adding peppermint essence, ginger, cinnamon, strawberry flavouring, lemon juice etc
  • Make stretchy dough by using self raising flour rather then plain
Once you have had fun with the dough, you can cook it in a hot oven until it goes hard(from 10-20 mins usually) and once cooled you can decorate it with paints, glue and glitter etc

Do you make your own dough? What do you add to it?

Tomorrow i'll be posting about playing with the dough.

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