Making playdough is something I love to do. Home-made playdough keeps better, is easier to wash out of carpet, and is better for your child. Until recently I’ve been using a few drops of food colouring; after realizing how sensitive Miss 2 is to artificial colouring, she does persist in eating little bits of salty dough, and reading Sue Dengate’s book about the impact of chemicals on child development – I’ve realized that I need to make a change.
It’s possible to buy ‘natural’ food colouring if you look hard enough but it’s expensive so instead I decided to experiment with what I already had cheaply and readily available in the kitchen.
Cinnamon makes a lovely light brown and is gently scented. Add ground ginger and you have Gingerbread playdough!
- 1c plain flour
- 1/4c salt
- 1T cream of tartar
- 1T oil
- 1T cinnamon
- 1c boiling water
Note: This makes a small batch, just double if you want a big batch.
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Mix in oil.
- Slowly add boiling water. (You may not need all of. It should be smooth and pliable not sticky).
- Store in air tight container.