Last Sunday, I did homemade playdough. My little handy helper Elizabeth helped me during the process while her brother Joseph was having his afternoon siesta. There are many resources you can find from the internet but I based my homemade playdough through this website. You can follow her steps and there's pictures for each step too. So it makes it easier to follow and understand. I would love to show step by step pictures but alas since it was my first attempt, I was too 'kan cheong' in producing my playdoughs till I didn't have the chance to snap pictures during the process.
It's surely fun to do and after a few attempts you'll get the hang of it. I wanted to do homemade playdough because it is safer than the store bought ones. Just incase, Joseph accidentally put some in his mouth, I won't scream in fear and cry my eyes out. Imagine that!
So here's what you need:
1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1/3 cup of salt (use the fine ones, I feel that it works better)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Food colouring (as many colours as you like)
|These are some of the ingredients.|
I'll try to give an easy explanation on the steps as possible although I don't have pictures to go along with.
1. Add 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1/3 cup salt into a saucepan over a low fire otherwise the flour will get burnt.
2. Stir it to avoid getting burnt, then quickly add in 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
3. Keep stirring. It will become lumpy but don't worry. Continue stirring but not too long. Add a bit of food colouring of your choice. 1 drop will produce a lighter colour. Few drops will produce a darker colour.
4.Stir the colour in and once the dough starts getting thicker and dry, switch off the fire.
5. Take it out from the saucepan and place the dough on a wax paper. Wait for it to cool.
6. Once it's cooled, you can knead the playdough until you're satisfied with the consistency and you get rid of the lumps.
It's easier to work on the wax paper. So when you're kneading it doesn't stick everywhere. But don't worry, once it's cooled, the playdough is not that sticky and won't stick on your hands. If it sticks on your hands while kneading, then you'll know it's not successful.
That's it. I managed to do 3 colours so far. I still have green and red to do. Then the kids can start having fun with it.
|Sorry for the blurry picture. This is orange coloured playdough.|
|Store them separately in a ziploc bag. This is pink coloured playdough.|
|This is blue coloured playdough.|
Happy weekend everyone!