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Recipe for playdough
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup flour (ordinary plain flour works best. You can use gluten-free flour – it makes a stickier texture)
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Few drops food colouring
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and cook slowly over a low heat, stirring continuously, until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan to form a ball.
When cool enough to handle, knead for a couple of minutes.
It is lovely to play with while still warm!
Playdough can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Note: not to be eaten due to high salt content
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