Juliet Matheson discovers playdough is even more fun when made from scratch.
"Look Mummy, it’s a snowflake!" I glanced up to see the delighted face of my three-year-old daughter as she held out her creation: a pudgy mass on the flat of her hand.
We had spent 20 minutes standing over a saucepan in the kitchen to make the playdough she now held. We had giggled and chattered as we stirred the ingredients, and then kneaded the mix, adding colour until its sheer brightness held my daughter’s full attention. I was reminded why time spent with my children making playdough is so precious.
Safety warning: Always ensure young children are supervised while using playdough, to prevent ingestion and choking.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 4 tbs cream of tartar
- 2 tbs baby oil
- 1 cup salt
- Various food colourings
Mix flour, cream of tartar, baby oil, salt and two cups cold water together in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for three to five minutes or until mixture has thickened.
Transfer to a chopping board. Set aside to cool slightly. Divide dough into portions. Add drops of colour to each portion. Knead in to combine. Set aside to cool completely.