Learn how to make play dough it only takes a minute and keeps the kids happy for hours. No cooking required and not very messy either as all the mixing is contained in one bowl.
If you are using food coloring you will need quite a lot to get bright colors.
I found powder paints will give great colors with just a tablespoon of paint.
You may find the mix is quite sticky once you start mixing it all together, if this is the case just add more flour until it starts to stick together.
Most of these supplies you will already have in your cupboard. If not they can be purchased at your local supermarket.
If you really don't feel up to making your own play dough. You can buy it ready made for your kids to play with.
Measure out your flour, start with one cup though it's likely you will need to add more later.
Add the salt.
Add the baking powder or cream of tartar.
Add powder paint or food coloring.
Add the baby oil or cooking oil to the bowl.
Add a cup of boiling water.
Mix everything together, use a mixing knife or spoon until the mixture has cooled down slightly.
Keep mixing until it all together until it starts to form a ball.
Once it cooled a bit it is easier to do this with your fingers.
You may need to add more flour if it is too sticky.
Continue to knead and mix until the texture is like that of play dough.
Your homemade play dough should keep quite well wrapped in cling film or
placed in an airtight container.
Store in the fridge or cool place to prolong it's shelf life.
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