Homemade Play Dough? Simple!
Hands up who experimentally nibbled on play dough when they were a kid?
Come on, 'fess up. You probably had some of this stuff: Play-Doh, the most famous incarnation of this squishy, attractive-smelling splat of moulding material. Your parents probably let you run riot with it - and they were right to, because it's completely harmless when eaten. Play dough is nothing but salt and flour held together with water and a squirt of funky food colouring. That's pretty much it. And just as you were safely left alone with it, so you can leave your kids alone with it. And as you can probably remember, it also tastes pretty awful, so even if your young'uns take an experimental bite, they're unlikely to take a second one.
So, with ingredients as simple and natural as those, what's to stop you making your own at home? Absolutely nothing, of course. But it must be tricky to make, right? Nada. It's super-easy. Ready to find out just how super-easy? (Trust me, you'll laugh).
The Basic Ingredients
1 cup of organic flour (like this one)
1 cup of water
1 tablespoonful of oil
Half a cup of natural salt
The Fancy Ingredients
1 tablespoonful of Potassium Bitartrate - better known as Cream Of Tartar
Some natural food colouring, using vegetable juice: beetroot for red, carrot for orange, spinach for green, and...well, you tell us. Go experiment!
1. Mix the dry ingredients in an appropriately-sized pot.
2. Add the oil & water and fold into the dry ingredients.
3. Put the mixture on a low heat and stir continually until you achieve the right doughy consistency and the mixture is mainly forming a ball in the centre rather than sticking to the sides (this should take 5-10 minutes).
4. Add your natural food colouring.
5. Spoon out the dough and allow to cool until you can hold it in the palm of your hand.
6. Knead that dough!
7. Congratulations - your newly-born lump of play dough is good to go for the next 6 months, as long as you store in something airtight.
Yes, really, that's the whole process. Crazy, no? You have our blessing to go completely nuts and make tons of it.
Images: wonderyort, Kim Love and Mabycakes.