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Play Dough Recipe

Girls Studying


1 mug plain white flour
½ mug salt
1 tablespoon veg oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 mug water with food colour added
A few drops of essential oil (optional)see note below.

Please read the safety warning before you start.
Mix dry ingredients together in a med/large pan.
Gradually add water, pour in oils.
Stir constantly over a low heat, until it forms a ball.
Knead when cool.

Keep wrapped in a covered container and will probably last several weeks.
This makes a lovely textured dough that can be used like any other play dough, it goes thought the machines a lot easier than many bought ones. If it gets trodden into the carpet, scrap off the excess, a cloth and tepid water should remove the rest easily.

If you are using essential oils to scent the dough please be careful with your choice of oil, many can cause skin irritation especially for very young children. Lavender is one of the safest. Careful of colours used too, a lot of children have bad reactions to them. Another educational slant is to make your own food colourings from things like onion skins or beetroot. History books or an internet search will find more.