Play Dough is the perfect indoor activity for inside play or a rainy day. This Play Dough recipe is our favourite. It’s absolutely infallible, takes less than 10 minutes to make, and it last up to 6 months! Hours of super squishy fun!
Prep Time– 10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
You Will Need:
– 2 cups of flour
-4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
-1/2 cup of salt
-1 1/2 cups of boiling water
-2 tablespoons of oil
-3 drops of food colouring (optional)
Watch our tutorial video below to make this squishy and easy Play Dough.
Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe you can get creative with your play dough – add glitter, sand for a different look or feel. You can even add some spice or extracts to your mixture and bring some nice smells to your creative play!
The Science of Play Dough
Playdough is a simple reaction between the starch in the wheat flour swelling and breaking down a little with the warm water to gelatinise and form a dough. Cream of tartar is another name for acid potassium tartrate and this helps to make the mixture stronger and adds a little extra squish. The oil in the mixture acts as a lubricant stopping the mixture from sticking together too much. It makes the mixture smooth instead of sticky. And the salt simply acts as a preservative so it doesn’t get all gross and gooey after just a day or two.
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