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Play dough Sunday - Paper Elephant

Play dough Sunday

By Nykke

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It had been a few years since I had made play dough. Miss 6 was now distracted by so many other things and I could never quite trust Mr 2 to not try eating it. But I decided to whip up a batch to keep them amused yesterday. I found my recipe, scrounged about for table salt (barely made it, we had to grind some sea salt to come close), started to throw everything in the pot… and realised in a past pantry spring clean I had tossed the cream of tartar, obviously forgetting why I had bought it in the first place. So a mad dash around the internet resulted in the discovery that you can use vinegar instead, I never knew. I stuck to my original recipe but thanks to this recipe I replaced the cream of tartar with vinegar. I was prepared for a tougher dough but in fact I think this is better than my original, it’s smooth and silky, and doesn’t leave that chalky residue on your hands (or table). However, it did have a rather strong smell but a quick check of my (ultra tidy) pantry resulted in the last of rosewater essence thrown in. My husband thought it now smelt like an old ladies underwear draw, but it was either that or rum essence, and I didn’t think that was quite suitable unless you wanted the kids to smell like a brewery.


In the end they had a ball (pun intended), Miss 6 still has 3 lovely little balls of dough. After just 9 minutes Mr 2 had squished them together, he now has one large ball of purplish dough. Still works though.┬áMr 2 still tried eating it… and sharing it.

Thankfully the puppy decided it didn’t taste that good.

Play dough recipe

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup table salt
1 cup water
3 tsp white vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Dash or two of rosewater (optional)
Food colouring (add with the above for one colour or add later for multiple colours)

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together, stir constantly over a low heat until a ball forms and doesn’t stick to the side. Place on a lightly floured surface to cool a little and knead until smooth.

If you didn’t add colour before you can add now and knead until the colour is consistent. I’d suggest you use gloves or do as we did, and place the balls in individual zip lock bags with the colour and squish away. My kids thought this part of the fun, which was good because it took a while.

There is also a recipe I have pinned that uses jelly crystals to colour the dough instead of food colouring, which is fabulous idea. I didn’t have any jelly in the pantry but I may try that next time. Kaley says the dough smells great so maybe you wouldn’t need the rosewater. If anyone tries my vinegar variation with jelly crystals let me know how it smells. You can find the recipe here.