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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Handmade playdough recipe  
As in the video below, making playdough is pretty straight forward.
Have a cup, saucepan, cooker and 5 minutes at the ready, then measure out;

1 cup full of plain flour
1/2 cup salt
 3/4 cup water,
1 tbs oil
1 tbs cream of tartar
colouring and scent as prefered

Cook the ingredients until the dough forms a ball and cleanly leaves the sides of the pan. Once cool, knead in a good squeeze of hand moisturiser until the playdough is soft, pliable and smooth. Store in a grip seal bag or an air tight container.

This recipe uses salt for preservation, flour for bulk, cream of tartar to prevent salt crystals forming and add stretch to the flour's gluten. The water enables the consistency and the oil helps to prevent the dough from drying out. Body moisturiser is an optional ingredient that helps to protect the hands against the drying effect of salt, it adds softness and a greater pliability to the dough's texture and we've found it tends to extend its shelf life.

The food colouring and scents personalise your activities :)

Weighed ingredients needed to make play dough


200gm plain flour 

150gm salt

200ml water  

1 tablespoon cream of tartar 

1 Tablespoon oil

Colouring of choice

OPTIONAL 50ml hand cream, body lotion, moisturiser;
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Ethical brands that recognise animal rights include:
Superdrug's own baby oil and moisturiser

 Sainsburys own

 Earth friendly shea oil  

Handmade playdough recipe - UK cooked using cream of tartar

The following pictures show this playdough recipe being cooked and the changes to look out for as it changes consitency.  We've found identifying these stages help to make sure the dough doesn't become sticky or soggy after it's been made.   Always alert your sculpters to the salt content & hand cream in the dough and stress how it's an awesome modelling compound but that it isn't good for eating!

Playdough stored in an air tight container can last for months. Throw yours away and start fresh if you've ever any hygiene concerns.

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Place ingredients into a saucepan Combine all ingredients except hand moisturiser
Cook over medium heat Cook until the dough leaves the sides of the saucepan cleanly
Leave to cool then knead the hand moisturiser in Play!

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