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Make your own playdough

You will need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup salt, up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding bit by bit until it feels just right), food colouring (optional – this really can get messy!).

You might also want to use some household items like child-friendly cookie cutters and rolling pins to make shapes with the playdough.

What to do:

  1. Mix the flour, salt and oil in a large bowl. If you’re using food colouring, add it to the boiling water then pour into the flour mixture.
  2. Stir until it forms a sticky dough.
  3. Allow it to cool down then take out of the bowl and knead it for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.
  4. Keep kneading until it’s the perfect consistency! If it’s still sticky add a little more flour until just right.

If the children want to keep the figures that you make, simply bake in a 250 degree oven for approximately one hour and hey presto, your playdough will harden!

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