But my play dough making skills are legendary. I kid. My play dough making is at a standard where Sam finds it acceptable and a few people have said they like it. That's enough of a win for me.
Righto, here goes,
You will need:
A non-stick pot
A wooden spoon that you don't mind staining
A quiet kitchen (jokes, my kitchen is never quiet)
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of water
1/3 cup table salt (huge amount of salt makes the dough less sticky and also discourages toddlers from a second taste)
2 tsp cream of tartar
1tbsp of oil (not coconut, it makes it too greasy)
- 1. Remove baby from leg and then add the flour (swearing if you forget to sieve but carrying on anyway), salt and cream of tartar to the pot.
- 2. Add water and oil.
- 3. Over a low heat, stir steadily to combine the wet and dry ingredients until smooth and still liquid. This is the best point to add the food colour as it blends into the mix easier. But you can mix it in earlier or later if you're resolving a lego based argument between a five year old who knows everything and an almost three year old who cares about nothing.
- 4. Keep mixing and the smooth liquid starts forming firm lumps. This is when I regret attempting yellow because it looks like a newborn's nappy contents and frantically add blue or red dye to change the colour. Keep mixing and it will quickly turn into a dough. Your arm will hurt and you'll wonder how you ever regularly exercised and had muscle tone. That means it's done.
- 5. Turn out onto a plate or tea towel or any crumb free surface you can find and leave to cool for a few minutes. Or half an hour while you change a nappy, fix a toy and drink the cup of tea that's gone cold.
- 6. This step is optional but I usually knead in a few drops of essential oils to the dough. Lavender and chamomile are very soothing for me and the kids. Spearmint does wonders for a friday afternoon "is it bedtime/wine time?" mummy headache.
And that's it. It'll keep for ages in a sealed container and it doesn't dry out fast if it gets dropped and forgotten on the floor for a couple of hours. And it's completely acceptable to keep some to yourself so you can play happily while the kids mix the colours with their stuff.