I took an emergency call this morning, the local toddler group needed playdough and they needed it fast. I’m up to a bit of early morning drama and the cupboard is stocked with the essentials at all times.
As we’re not talking consumables I keep a bag of economy flour specifically for playdough. You can make playdough on the stove but I find it is far quicker to use a no-cook recipe. It’s pretty universal but if you don’t have your own recipe here’s the one I use.
Easy Playdough Recipe
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
4 tbsp cream of tartar
3 tbsp cooking oil (olive or sunflower – avoid nut based oils if making for other children)
2 cups of boiling water
2 caps of food colouring (more for a vibrant colour)
extras: perhaps a sprinkling of glitter or flavours (rose water, peppermint or vanilla are favourites here)
- Sieve the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl (sprinkle in glitter if using).
- Mix the oil, water and food colouring (and flavour if using) and then pour into the dry ingredients.
- Mix with a spoon until it forms a dough and then knead for a couple of minutes until it becomes soft and malleable.
Makes a nice big ball, just bigger than your hand. Keeps for months in a sealed container in the fridge. Just add children!