Up until recently, I had always bought my two ‘Playdoh’ in tubs, mainly because I thought that it might last longer and would be cheaper overall than making our own playdough. Wrong! To be fair, it can be convenient to buy from a shop, but we’ve also found lately that Freddie and Sasha have started to want to mix the colours up (this really messes with my OCD side), plus it dries up quickly with the regular use. This means that making our own has now become the way forward a great deal of the time.
I’ve helped out at the children’s preschool a few times, and this has involved making homemade playdough with several groups of children in one session! #terrifying They love helping with the mixing of the ingredients, and it’s a great activity for learning to weigh and measure (loosely) too.
It really is very simple, and you get a whole ice cream tub’s worth of soft, lovely playdough, rather than just a piddly little tub!
You will need:
- Two cups of plain flour
- One cup of salt
- Two cups of water (add drops of food colouring for snazzy, coloured playdough!)
- Two teaspoons of cream of tartar
- Two tablespoons of sunflower or vegetable oil
- Add all the ingredients into a large non-stick saucepan and mix together.
- Cook the mixture over a medium heat, making sure you keep stirring.
- When the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan, remove from heat.
- Take your dough out of pan and knead it whilst it’s still warm.
The playdough should last a good 3 months or so, as long as you remember to keep it in a container with a lid and store in a cool place!