You've probably bought playdough in the past - or you've been given it as a present. Maybe your little ones have played with it at toddler groups, playgroup or nursery. Or perhaps you just remember how much fun you had playing with modelling clay in the past!
Lots of kids love to play with modelling clay and it is really good for encouraging their creativity too. Who knows - it could lead to a love of sculpture or pottery!
The original that we all remember is Play-Doh, which is still as popuar today as it was when it first went on sale back in the 1950's. Can you believe, it was originally formulated as a wallpaper cleaner, until some clever person realised that there was lots of fun to be had with it. Now there are lots of different brands who make modelling clay, and there are all sorts of tools and machines that you can get to model your playdough with.
So if you've run out of commercially produced playdough, maybe your kids can't use it for some reason such as allergies or sensitivities or perhaps you just love to try a new recipe.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for the best home-made Playdough. You can make it from ingredients that you can find easily in your kitchen and that are easily available at most supermarkets and grocery stores.
Note: Although this recipe is safe to eat, it does contains a lot of salt, so please discourage your children from eating the homemade playdough.
Put all the ingredients together into a saucepan, and mix them.
Heat them gently, stirring all the time for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes, then knead it on a floured surface until it is smooth.
The playdough can be stored in an airtight container and will keep for a few weeks.
Best of all once you have finished with it you can dispose of it in your food waste bin if this is collected where you live.
Text © Alexandra Freeman 2005
About the Author: Alex Freeman is a freelance writer specialising in parenting and family topics and can be contacted via eParenting.
About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!