The weather might be unpredictable but this PLAY DOUGH recipe will work every time!


#3 on my list of  favourite craft recipes -I always use my Moms cooked playdough recipe, it has great elasticity and keeps a VERY long time. But lots of people prefer the no-cook dough. Below are recipes for both.

No-Cook play dough from our drop-in centre

What you’ll need:
2 c flour
1c water
2 Tb cream of Tartar
2 c very hot (or boiling) water
2 Tb vegetable oil
10+ drops, food colour

1. Whisk together dry.
2. Separately whisk together wet+ food colour (10 drops).
3. Stir the 2 together with a spoon, as it cools mix with your hands.

My Mom’s Cooked play dough:
What You’ll Need:
1 c flour +(1/2 c for kneading)
1 c water
1/2 c salt
1 Tb oil
1 Tb alum
10+ drops of food colour.
(10 drops essential oil)

1. Combine the above by whisking together, should make a  paste  similar to pancake batter.
2. Pour into medium sized sauce pot (6-8c capacity works best, or a risotto type pan, shallow with high edges)
using a stiff heat resistant spatula stir constantly over medium-low heat, ensuring to skim the bottom of the pan.
3. Keep the liquid moving until it starts to hold together. slowly the liquid will cook away and it will form a single ball.
4. Continue to use the spatula to push the dough around the pan, until it becomes the consistency of pizza dough.
5. Dump onto a floured surface (or use a dough hook and stand mixer) Knead in an additional 1/2c to 1c  flour until it is no longer sticky.

Keep in an airtight container for a month or more. throw dough away when it dries out.
We add all sorts of essential oils – orange, lemon, mint, lavender…

Stay tuned, every tuesday until Winter Break I will post one of my favorite craft recipes

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