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24 Sep 2016 No Bake

Homemade play dough

Kids absolutely love getting creative with play dough. What better activity to keep them occupied than actually making the dough themselves too! As this recipe uses ingredients normally used in cooking, it is actually safe to eat, which inevitably most kids try to do at one point or another! Saying that, they’ll soon spit it out due to it’s saltiness!

Makes 1kg (4 balls)

Mix all of the ingredients, except the colours, together in a large pan and place over a low heat. Continue to stir for 2-3 minutes until thickened and smooth. The mixture should pull away from the sides of the pan into a ball. Cook it for a little longer if sticky.

Remove and leave until cool enough to handle. Then knead on a clean surface for a minute or two until silky smooth. Divide into four even sized pieces.

Add a little of one food colour to one piece of dough and wearing gloves, knead it in until evenly blended through. Add a little more colour if necessary to give your desired colour tone. Repeat with the remaining colours and dough.

The play dough is ready to use. When not in use, store in an airtight container to prevent drying out.

An electric food mixer will make an easier job of blending the food colouring into the dough. Just be aware that the food colour will be likey to dye any plastic parts of the machine it touches.

You will need...

450ml warm water
300g plain flour
275g table salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cream of tartar
4 gel food colours

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