from the archives: mumma essentials//the only play dough recipe you'll ever need

When I was pregnant with Bailey there were a few types of mum I wanted to be: fun mum, cool mum and, most importantly, crafty mum. Of course, I'm fun and cool, that just goes without saying but sometimes the crafty thing is a lot of work and involves a lot of patience and skill and that's hard, man. I'm a big fan of the whole "slop it together and hope it turns out" method and let's face facts, that rarely works. Still, I persevere because I love it even if the end result ain't so great.

When we're at home I try to come up with craft ideas that are, first and foremost, fun but I also like to make sure they aren't too difficult to clean up {I learnt this the hard way with glitter by the way}. One of our favourite things to do is play with play dough {which also occupies B when there's stuff to get done} and since the store bought varieties dry out quite quickly we've begun to make our own {though we still buy some when we're lazy}.

It's super simple and an activity in itself and I wanted to share its genius for all to see...

Here's what you'll need:

^2 cups of plain flour
^2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
^1/2 cup of salt
^2 tablespoons of cream of tartar 
^up to 2 cups of boiling water
^food colouring {some will say this is optional but honestly! what's optional about it?}
*we use the same food colouring as we do for baking and it's perfect

& here's what you need to do:

1. mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
*if you're going to do different colours you'll need to separate the mix, once combined, into separate bowls {as per top picture} 
2. add the food colouring to the boiling water and then add in increments to the dry ingredients
3. stir until the mix becomes sticky & then allow to cool
4. once cooled, remove the mix from the bowl and knead until the stickiness has gone {you may need to add more flour until it feels right}

^you can store the dough in an air tight container for up to 6 months {though if the person using it is anything like B it'll be lucky to last the month}

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