I have many fond memories of playing with play dough. It seemed growing up it was everywhere we went. At kindy, Sunday school, at friends places... however, I don't think I have one single memory of it being store bought. It was always handmade, free from chemicals and we would play for hours making all sorts of creatures. When I had my little ones, I started out using the store bought kind, not knowing how full of chemicals each pot contained. Once I heard that, all the play dough got tossed in the bin and I needed to find a replacement quickly! So, here it is. A play dough that the little ones can help make and then have hours of fun playing with :-)
What you will need:
2 cups of plain flour
2 cups of water
1 cup salt
1 1/2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
4 tsp cream of tartar
Food colouring (I used 4)
Place all ingredients into a saucepan and mix well
Then slowly heat mixture on a gentle heat while stirring.
Stir until it forms a dough in the middle of the pan (approximately 3 minutes).
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Once cool, separate into portions (I did four as I had four colours).
Knead one section at a time until it becomes soft.
Make a indent in the middle of the play dough and add food colouring (a couple of drops at a time until you get a colour you are happy with) and knead until the food colouring and play dough are completely combined. Repeat for each portion.
Then happy playing :-) This dough will last for up to 6 months in an air tight container.