A quick and simple way to always have play dough, you can make it yourself if you keep the ingredients in your store cupboard. Homemade playdough isn’t quite the same as that bought from the shop, it has a slightly different texture but it doesn’t stop the children having just as much fun. It can still be used with cutters and made into great things, perfect for creative play, and playing with play dough is good for helping develop fine motor control. This is a recipe for how to make play dough in the microwave.
1 Cup or 165g Plain flour
1 Cup or 9 floz Water
1 tbsp Cooking oil
2 tsp Cream of tartar
½ a Cup or 165g of Salt
Food Colouring - whatever colour you choose
Optional - vanilla extract or any other baking flavourings you have in the cupboard like mint or almond etc to help it smell nice. If you don’t have any the play dough is perfectly useable with out, it just smells nicer with !!
Put all the ingredients in a microwaveable bowl, mix together well.
Put the bowl in the microwave for 1min on high.
Take out and stir, don’t worry about differences in texture, some bits might be a bit runny and others crunchy, it will all come together at the end.
Put back in the microwave for a further 1 minute. Timings are based on an 800w/E power microwave.
Then take it out the microwave and as soon as it is cool enough to handle, take it out the bowl and knead it all together.
Give it a good kneading and eventually the ball of playdough should be all the same colour, and same texture.
It’s now ready for use.
Storage - When not in use keep in an air tight container or bag and keep in the fridge. When you next use the play dough , when it comes out the fridge it will be quite hard, but soon softens up with use again.
Warning - This recipe contains salt so make sure your child or any pets you have do not eat the playdough. If eaten in a large enough quantity it could cause problems.