Thursday, February 14, 2008


Tissue paper and watercolour marker heart by Nature Girl

We're making playdough to celebrate

Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe

You can add food colouring to this, or not. If you do use it, add it to the scented water.
This dough has a nice smooth feeling texture.

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt
1 2/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup water 1/3 cup scented water (scent is optional) today we used rose water but its equally nice with camomile, lavender, orange, cinnamon, vanilla or chai spice. Any herbal tea will do if you don't have a floral water handy.

Put salt and 1 2/3 cups cold water into a pan and bring to a boil.
Mix the cornstarch with 2/3 cup water/scented water mix and stir well.

Add this mixture to the first and cook on low heat until it resembles pie crust.
Let it cool until you can handle it and knead into a clay.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

We are an impatient lot here and we like lots of sensory play so we often take it off the stove too early, play with it while its gooey and stretchy but very unclay like, then put it back on.

The trick with doing this is to respect the low heat rule while cooking playdough. But you will not ruin it by playing with it early.

We like working with ours on top of waxed paper.

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