my friend Cathy’s play-dough recipe on my fridge since she posted it on
facebook when I was pregnant.
had a baby and forgot all about it until another friend asked me the other day
if I knew a decent play-dough recipe.Since
then I’ve been waiting for a good time to try it out.
specifically, I was waiting until Evening got bored. Bored toddlers tend to be rather cranky.
was that day.I retrieved the recipe
from the fridge and dove in.
Cathy’s Favourite Play-Dough Recipe
1 cup white flour ½ cup salt 2 tbsp cream of
tartar(Wha???It’s in the spice aisle) 1 tbsp oil 1 cup water Food colouring
Mix the first four ingredients in a pan, and
then add the water.Mix well.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,
for 3-5 minutes.
Dough will become hard to stir and start to
form a clump.
it sure will
Remove from stove and knead for 5
minutes.This is the time to add your
food colouring.I found it easiest to form
a ‘bowl’ and drip in the colouring.For
our play-dough, I separated the batch into four quarters and kneaded them all separately. \
making a bowl for the food colouring
Will keep for a long time in a sealed
set out the play-dough on our scratchy old play table and waited for Evening to
poked at the strange balls, recoiling sharply as her little finger dented
them.A crease appeared on her brow and
she reached out a hand again, cautiously, gingerly touching them.She looked up at me curiously and bravely
tried to pick up a ball of yellow play-dough.
she had determined these strange soft balls to be safe, I joined her in making
different shapes and whatnots.Most of
which she immediately grabbed to investigate and a growing mound of my broken
creations piled up on her side of the table.
mystical pull of the play-dough soon pulled her daddy in too. It was then a
play-dough family event as we re-discovered the fun of play-dough and showed
her our mad skills and advanced tricks, like making spaghetti, cups, and
was less than impressed, and decided it was far more fun to drop the play-dough
on the ground and laugh at the ‘thunking’ noise it made.
tried it, and she was right – it was more fun!)