13 February 2009

Tip of the Day February 13, 2009

Dough Fun

When my children were little they loved getting out the cookie cutters and the rolling pin and tubs of homemade playdough. I would put a plastic tablecloth down on the floor to catch the crumbs and they would be busy little beavers, rolling and cutting (and even occasionally snacking on) the brightly coloured dough.

Homemade playdough is much cheaper than the bought stuff and it lasts a long time, even if they leave it out.

Even though the boys are teenagers, they still use playdough. Thomas had a video project to do for school last year and guess what – he made the scenery out of playdough.

It is very easy to make, and only costs a few cents.

Here's my favourite playdough recipe:

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp oil
food colouring

Mix the salt and flour. Stir the food colouring and oil into the water and add to the dry ingredients. Use your hands to knead into a pliable dough. Or, if you have a food processor, dump the whole lot into the bowl and pulse until it all comes together.

When it looks like playdough, dump it onto the bench and knead for a few minutes. That's it!

I keep it in recycled takeaway food containers (the ones with the lids, like Chinese takeaway) or ziplock style plastic bags in the fridge.

Go wild with the colours for hours and hours of cheap fun.

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