Clouds and rainbow made with play dough on a blue paper.
Clouds and rainbow made with play dough on a blue paper. CasPhotography

Playdough made easy

EVER wondered how to make playdough at home? Here are a few super-easy recipes to try from the comfort of your home - even a couple of edible ones:

Basic playdough

INGREDIENTS: ½ cup salt 1 cup plain flour 2 tbs cream of tartar 1 cup water 1 tbs oil Food colouring

METHOD: Add it all to a saucepan over low heat and stir with a metal spoon until very well combined.

Add a few drops of lavender oil if you want or maybe a bit of rice or even glitter for sensory exploration.

Non-cooking version: If you add boiling water to the above recipe, there is no need to cook it first.

Playdough without cream of tartar

Julia Sorban kindly submitted this great recipe which doesn't have cream of tartar.

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups plain flour 1 cup salt 1 tbs oil 1 cup hot water.

METHOD: Mix flour, salt, oil and enough water to make a firm dough and knead till smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Its high salt content will preserve the dough for up to 3 months. If you keep it in the fridge it will last slightly longer too.

Edible playdough

Do your children spend more time eating their playdough than playing with it? Here are a few recipes for edible playdough.

Peanut butter playdough

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup milk powder 1/2 cup sugar food colouring (optional)

METHOD: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until desired consistency is achieved. Wrap firmly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

Allergy-free edible playdough

INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup margarine 1/3 cup glucose syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 3/4 cups icing sugar food colouring (optional)

METHOD: Mix the margarine, glucose syrup, salt and vanilla together in a large bowl. Add the icing sugar and knead until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Glucose syrup can usually be found in the cake section of the supermarket.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: