Monday, December 17, 2012
Need a Christmas gift? Well I guess whoever really NEEDS a Christmas gift? In anycase, here is one that can meet any budget. It's about the best homemade playdough recipe I've come across. I love it 'cause it doesn't use as much salt as other recipes do, therefore the hands don't dry out as much.
3 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp Alum
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbsp oil
2 cups boiling water
Mix all the ingredients with a spoon. Once your hands can handle the heat, knead the dough until it's smooth, about 5 minutes. Your hands should come out clean since it is playdough. If it's too sticky then add a bit of flour.
Divide the dough into the amount of colour portions you're going to make. Place one portion on a plate to catch any food colouring that might accidently drip. With each portion make a little well in the centre and add about 5 drops of the colour. Knead in the colour. Then add another 5 drops. Each colour will need about 10 drops to reach a nice colour. I find if I add all 10 drops at once it colours my hands. Cover the other portions while you do this so they don't dry out.
I keep mine in Ziploc bags but let them cool off before closing the bag. That's it. They should stay soft for a long time.