Monday, 15 April 2013

Recipe for play dough

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Food colouring

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. Stir the mixture over a medium heat until a pliable dough forms.
  3. Allow the play dough to cool.
  4. Give a lump to your child, and store the rest in an airtight container or zip lock bag.
  5. Watch as your child pulls the dough into a million pieces and squishes them into every place imaginable, including between the slats of the deck, in her brother’s hair and all over her toys.
  6. Vow to make sure it all gets cleaned up before she moves onto the next activity.
  7. Realise somewhere in the back of your mind that this is never going to happen.
  8. Wait 8-10 hours until it all goes dry and crusty (or slippery and slimy if it has rained – lucky you).
  9. Spend an eternity scraping the stuff off everything and trying to mush it back into a ball.
  10. Sit in a blob that you missed.
  11. Go to the shops without realising that you have pink goo on your bum.
  12. Experience some sort of partial lobotomy effect while you sleep, resulting in play dough-specific memory loss (I can only assume this is what happens).
  13. Return to step 4.

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