This week I was using my full entertainment arsenal to keep a poorly Mini-M happy, and decided that playdough was worth a shot. It turned out to be a big hit - particularly prodding it with pointy sticks.
The post over at Creating Nirvana Today will make you double this quantity - I halved it to fit with the amount of flour I had, and it made plenty for playing with Mini-M, but if you're making it to entertain a horde of kids, I'd definitely do a bigger batch. I also changed the spices a bit - again to match what I had to hand. It made the kitchen (and my hands!) smell like Christmas. Mr E wanted to eat it. Mini-M tried - but only once - clearly even with spices and vanilla added, playdough still tastes like playdough!
|This possibly wasn't the most sensible use of nap time!|
- 1/2 cup of plain flour
- 1/4 cup of table salt
- 1tsp cream of tartar
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- 1tbsp sunflower oil
Put all the ingredient in a saucepan and give a good mix. Don't worry, it will be all weird and slimy and lumpy to begin with but it will come OK in the end.
Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, and you will see the mixture begin to thicken. Keep cooking and stirring until it comes together and forms a ball.
Once you've reach the right playdoughy consistency, take the pan off the heat and allow to cool a little.
Give it a quick knead for a couple of minutes, once it's cool enough to handle, then wrap tightly in cling film, seal in a plastic bag, or pop into a tupperware box until you're ready to use it.
|Trying some over ambitious one handed rolling pin lifting|
|Prod (with one hand on the rolling pin in case of sudden attack...)|
|Prodding is serious business!|
|"Ooh that's pretty! I'd like to squash it!"|