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19. Play-Dough

Sep 19, 2020 • 7 min read
19. Play-Dough
Children love playing with dough because it feels so squidgy in their hands and is easy to manipulate.

Children love playing with dough because it feels so squidgy in their hands and is easy to manipulate. You can buy all sorts of rollers and cutters and machines to put it through, but we find these things take away the simple pleasure of handling the dough and using the imagination to create new shapes. What’s more it’s easy to make your own play dough at home. Follow this simple recipe for hours of easy creative play:


You will need:


2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

2 tablespoons cooking oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon food colouring (optional)


Place all the ingredients in a pan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring all the time. You’ll know it’s ready hen the dough mixture ‘comes away’ from the side of the pan. Turn the mixture out onto a board and kneed well to remove any lumps. Allow to cool and keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Alexis

I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. Now I write about all things play here on the blog. Read more

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