It is very easy to make and has a lovely texture, and keeps well if it is in a sealed plastic bag away from the air. We have kept some in our fridge for over a year! Of course, now I find the colours get mushed together way before the play dough gets old...
|That's a dinosaur wearing a playdough coat, obviously.|
Here is the recipe:
Mrs Accident's Playdough
2 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 cup salt
2 cups boiling water
Dissolve the salt in the water, add food colouring and oil. Add to the dry ingredients and stir. That's it!
Adding the food colouring to the water before putting it in the flour means even colour distribution right from the start, so faster kneading, and less chance of coloured hands. If the water is the right colour, the end product will be too.
Of course, if you use a mixer (like my much adored Kitchenaid) it's even easier, but it doesn't take long by hand either. Do be careful when you first knead the mix though! It is very very hot! Boiling water will do that ;)
If you have a great play dough recipe, feel free to whack it in the comments, I'm always up for trying something new. (Well, you know, something new like a new playdough recipe. I'm not quite up for polygamy or fried worms. Thought that might need some clarification.)