Rainy Days – Play dough!

Again, I’m writing about something to do inside when it’s raining and it’s been gorgeous all day! (Do you think it’s okay to believe that the rain will stay away as long as I write about what to do inside when it’s raining??)

When I was a kid, my mom found a great recipe for making playdough. It’s quick, easy and lots of fun. It doesn’t take long to make, and most of the ingredients you’ll have on hand in the kitchen. For some kids, they will be amused for hours…for others, it will be a few seconds, but you never know until you try. It keeps well in plastic containers or ziploc bags and will last for a couple of months, but may need to be replaced in a couple of weeks if used often!

Here’s the recipe:

Cooked Playdough

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil (I used baby oil, because I like the smell but vegetable or olive oil will also work)
food colouring and/or flavouring (the flavouring would be like coconut extract and more for the smell than the taste!)


Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. (it looks a little gooey to start with)

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat when dough forms a ball. (Important: Do not over cook. Take off heat as soon as it comes away from the sides of the pan. It will still appear a bit wet) Dump on a clean surface. As soon as it’s cool enough to work with, finish the mixing process by kneading the dough with your hands.

The finished product…

Ella wasn’t too sure about her first experience with playdough…

…but did eventually get into it enough to concentrate on ripping it apart!

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