Playdough is a classic fun activity for children, andd there are endless ways to enjoy playing with it for your child. For example, try giving your (older) child a small box of large buttons to mix in to the batch he or she is playing with. Another fun idea is using…
aluminium cookie cutter shapes, usually cheaper and more durable than the ‘official’ plastic shapes sold in toy stores. Finally, my son enjoys using my old muffin pan, filling each mold with playdough, buttons and what not. The possibilities are endless, and with the two following recipes, you’ll have a very economical and plentiful source of playdough to spark your child’s imagination!
Traditional Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth.
Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight
container when cooled. Will last for a long time.
This is a great recipe for durable clay type playdough that will air dry into a hard shape, letting your child explore sculpting shapes that can be saved or given as gifts.
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt
1 1/3 cups cold water
Put salt and 2/3 cup water in pan and bring to a boil. Mix cornstarch with 2/3 cup
water and mix well. Blend 2 mixtures together and knead into clay. The dough has to
be heated as it is combined to set. Makes about 3 cups. This clay can be air dried
and then painted. Store unused clay in airtight container in the fridge.
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