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by M Ed (subscribe)
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Published August 8th 2012
Quick and Easy Playdough Recipe
When the weather is cold and wet, taking the kids outside to play is sometimes not an option, and this simple recipe is a real rainy-day saver.

The best thing about playdough is you can make it in less than five minutes and it lasts for months, providing hours of entertainment for the kids as well as the parents. You don't need to be experienced in the kitchen to make this playdough, there is actually no 'cooking' involved.

This recipe is an amalgamation of a few different recipes I have tried previously and my most recent batch is still looking great after three months of play. The below quantities make enough for four clumps of different colours, or you can halve the measurements of the entire recipe to make enough dough for two different colours.

1 cup: Plain Flour
1/2 cup: Salt
1 table spoon: Bicarbonate of Soda
1 cup: Boiling Water
1 table spoon: Baby Oil
Food colouring (up to four colours)
Some additional flour as required

Step 1
Put the kettle on to boil

Step 2
Mix all dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt) into a mixing bowl.

Step 3
If you wish to divide your play dough up into separate colours, then divide the dry ingredients into even amounts (for example 4 even amounts) and place them into separate containers.

Step 4
Add a few drops of food colouring, the baby oil and the boiled water to the dry mix and stir briskly until smooth and combined. If you have divided your dry mixture into even amounts as mentioned in Step 3, then make sure you divide your wet mixture into even amounts before combining. (for example, for 4 batches of different coloured dough, add a few drops of food colouring, 1/4 tablespoon of baby oil and 1/4 cup of boiling water to each portion of dry mix).

Step 5
If your dough is still a little sticky, then you can add an additional tablespoon of flour and knead this through the dough.

Step 6
Your playdough is ready for action! It is best stored in sealable Glad bags in the fridge to ensure a long life. If the dough ever starts to dry out or gets too sticky/oily, you can simply add a touch more oil or flour to bring it back to that perfect consistency.

This playdough recipe is safe for the kids and smells great with the baby oil. We use a rolling pin, cookie cutters and other plastic utensils to create shapes and develop fine motor skills. Kids as young as 16 months can have fun learning to roll, squish and play pat-a-cake with dough patties. Playing with different textures from an early age is also great for their development.
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