Making playdough

An old favourite; young children find working with playdough emotionally and physically satisfying. It can be rolled, pounded, twisted and pulled in a variety of ways, or moulded into different shapes.

Uncooked playdough

What you need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup cooking salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powder paint* or food colouring

*Powder paint is not suitable if your child may eat the dough.

What to do:

  1. Place all ingredients, except the powder paint, or food colouring, in a bowl.
  2. Add enough water and mix to create a firm dough.
  3. Mix in a few drops of food colouring or a tiny amount (less than ¼ teaspoon) of powder paint.
  4. If the mixture is too dry, more oil can be added.

Uncooked dough can be stored in a plastic bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator for about one week.

 

Cooked playdough

What you need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powder paint* for colouring

*Powder paint is not suitable if your child may eat the dough.

What to do:

  1. Mix flour and water to a paste.
  2. Add salt and cream of tartar.
  3. Stir over medium heat until thick.
  4. When cool, add oil and colouring.
  5. Knead until smooth.

Cooked dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Image child playing with playdough, using imagination and developing motor skills

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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