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Self-made Play Dough

You can easily make your own dough. It keeps for many weeks when it is stored in a sealed plastic container.

That's what you need

  • 300 g flour
  • 150 g salt
  • 300 ml hot water
  • 2 table spoons oil
  • 2 tea spoons tartaric acid (The tartaric acid is a harmless desinfectant and preservative.)
  • food colouring

And that's how it works

  1. Mix together flour, salt and tartaric acid.
  2. Add water with oil and food colouring dissolved in it.
  3. Knead it together. Please pay attention: the pastry is hot! It may take a few minutes for the dough to form.

You can use playdough on any washable surface. For young children, a chunk of dough the size of a tennis ball is good to start with. Fingers are the best molding tools for the children to use. To clean up play dough, get rid of any dry, crusty pieces. Use a scraper to scrape off your work surface.