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Learns how to make

Play Dough


The recipe


100 g Plain Flour

50 g Salt

150 ml Water 1 teaspoon Cooking Oil

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Different Food Colouring


You will need
A saucepan, a pastry board, a wooden spoon and some cling wrap



Add 1 - 2 teaspoons of Food Colour to the water and stir well

Mix Flour, Salt, Cream of Tartar and Cooking Oil in a saucepan

Slowly add the Coloured Water to the other ingredients in the saucepan mixing well as you add

Cook on low to medium heat, stirring until the dough becomes thick and comes away from the side of the saucepan

Scrape the mixture onto a cutting board or other smooth, flat surface

Soak the saucepan immediately

Leave the Play Dough to cool for at least 15 minutes to be sure that it is cool inside.

You can make some other colours as you wait.

Knead the Play Dough until it becomes smooth and workable


When you have finished playing with your Play Dough wrap it in Cling Wrap and store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator

For the creative family

Dear Grandpa Pencil also has a recipe for home made water colour paints that is simple, inexpensive
and uses
ingredients you will find in the pantry, including Cornflour (Cornstarch) and food colouring.
Please click here for the recipe


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