I have my friend Katie to thank for this post. I teamed up with her in March to organise a joint second birthday party for our boys (Rafferty and Stanley) – and given the task of sorting out the party bags, I started to research contents online. I had already filled my online basket with the usual tat (bubbles, bouncy balls, stickers etc) when Katie suggested we did something a bit different.
Her idea was to get together and make playdoh with the boys, then divide it into equal portions, fill pots, and give it away in the party bags. It was cheap, fun, and unique – and took us less than 5 minutes to make each batch (we made two batches so were at the stove for 10 minutes while the boys played). I have to admit that our arms were aching after all that stirring so we took it in turns (Katie was far more efficient on this front that me – biceps need a serious workout), but otherwise it was really easy and fun to do. And strangely satisfying when it all came together too!
Here’s the recipe:
1 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1. Pour the water, vegetable oil, flour, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring to a saucepan. Stir the mixture lightly together to combine. The play-doh will end up being the colour the mixture is now, so add some more food colouring if you want it brighter. You might also like to add some glitter for sparkle or essential oils for scent (we added lavender oil to calm our little ones as they played – or so the theory goes!)
2. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. It should be ready after about 4-5 minutes. During the first minute, the mixture will combine and look lovely and smooth During the second minute, you will start to see chunks (keep stirring to stop the chunks sticking to the side and burning). During the third minute, it will start to look like a lumpy mess (it’s meant to look like this – keep stirring!) During the fourth minute the dough will start to form into a ball. It’ll be ready when it’s not sticky and pulls away cleanly from the saucepan. Test it by pressing with your fingers (but be careful – it’s hot!)
3. Remove the dough from the saucepan and place on a plate to cool down.
4. Once cool, knead the dough.
5. Wrap in cling film or place in sealed containers
We used clear plastic pots (the best place to look is ebay.co.uk where I found a huge choice – search ‘round plastic containers). We also created pretty lids with tissue paper and ribbon (cut jnto squares, laid over the top of the pot, then secured with ribbon in a bow) and created ‘Playdoh’ stickers by hand.
So that’s that – playdoh in five minutes! Let me know how you get on!