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Playing with Playdough-a recipe

I was having a tidy up today and I came across the book I referred to in my post  what to do with all this free time that I wrote in July.

This made me remember that I was going to write up the playdough recipe for you to have a go at and this reminded me that the playdough I made in July still lives in the fridge ready to play with, having already survived numerous uses by my gorgeous girls and their friends.

Now, this week’s photo challenge is ‘window’ and, convoluted as you can see my thinking is, I decided to get said playdough out and have a play.

Here is my offering for the photo challenge: window :


For those of you who would like to play too, this is the recipe from ‘501 TV Free Activities for Kids’ by Di Hodges:

put 1 cup of plain flour, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup cooking salt and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring until thick. when it has cooled, add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and knead well on a floured board.  Now you can divide the mixture into six balls and add a different colour to each ball – you can use food colouring as I did or powder paint.

We make sure we separate the colours at the end of play and put them into a plastic lidded box in the fridge. So far they’ve lasted six months.

what to do with all this free time…

I like to think of the summer holidays – that long stretch of (if we’re lucky) sunny weeks that I get to spend with my girls, as a challenge. A challenge to have a lovely interesting time on as little money as possible 🙂

I splashed out in the 99p shop a couple of weeks ago on blowing bubbles, water pistols and a strange lacrosse-esque plastic ball catching game (under £7 in total) which my girls have already had fun with.  We also have an old bath tub for wallowing / splashing in on the lawn – did I mention husband sells bathrooms? and the bikes and scooters are ready to use.

In addition we are lucky enough to live 15 minutes walk from a small local library and we’re taking part in the library’s Creepy House reading challenge and 5 minutes walk from the seafront should we wish to try salty water instead of fresh. So we are really very well set up.

However, for rainy days or when your children need to sit in the shade for an hour, there’s nothing like a bit of playdough to take up some time and unleash in them some creativity, whatever their ages.

I found the instructions in a book I picked up pre-kids; bought for £4 with an idea that it might come in useful at some point, for something…see, I was right! !  It’s called something like ‘500 things for kids to do instead of watching TV’ – naturally I can’t lay my hand on it right at this moment, but when I do I’ll post the recipe. It’s super easy, made of store cupboard ingredients and I’m sure counts as doing science with your children 🙂

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I made this batch about 2 weeks ago and it’s been kept in a box in the fridge in between uses and has stayed perfect.

Youngest daughter had it out again today – she likes monsters…




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