day 4 – making play dough

My philosophy on playing with children includes this: preparation and cleaning up is part of the fun. Don’t do it all yourself. Play dough is a great resource to have on hand, and making your own is a good idea. Children will LOVE making it with you. And they can, even the small ones. Apart from manual skills like tipping, and mixing, they will learn about measuring and numbers. I think I got this recipe from Play School. I’ve used for decades.

Combine 1 cup of plain flour and 25 grams of Cream of Tartar and 1/4 cup of salt

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to 2/3 cup of water and drop in some food colouring

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine

Cook in the microwave for 1 minute, stir well, and cook 3 minutes more

Knead well (when it has cooled a little) and have fun

children can write recipes for your recipe book – a priceless record of a moment in time

This play dough will keep in the fridge for a very long time if kept in an airtight container. I wrap it in a plastic bag and then put it in the container.

Published by Dr Toni Risson

Dr Toni Risson is a storyteller and a cultural historian who has penned everything from children’s picture books to a PhD on the Magic of Lollies. An expert on the Greek cafe phenomenon, Toni curated Meet Me at the Paragon for the State Library of Queensland, and her latest book, Brisbane’s Greek Cafes: A Million Malted Milks, was a finalist in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards. Having encountered the elegant Paragon Cafe in Katoomba as a child, Toni developed a fascination with silky oak panelling, bevelled mirrors and Art Deco wall lights long before she understood the stories behind Australia's iconic Greek cafe. She continues to document our lost café culture.

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