This dough is safe if some finds its way into the sculptor's mouth. I've had to remove it from a few kids ears! The dough contains alot of salt, so if they do want to try a piece, I don't think they will come back for more.
You can roll it out into slabs with a rolling pin or pat it flat with your hands so you can use it for building material or for cutting out shapes with cookie cutters or plastic knives. You can make animals, people, "hot dogs", snakes - just let the kids use their imagination! It's a big part of their development!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 Tbsp. alum or cream of tartar (optional, but helps preserve the play dough)
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 cups boiling water
Mix the flour, salt and alum or cream of tartar together. Add the oil, water and coloring if you plant to make just one color.
Knead for 6 to 8 minutes. If you want more colors, divide the dough after kneading for 3 or 4 minutes, add a different color to each piece and finish kneading each separately. (This is a good job for the kids.)
Refrigerate until ready to play again!
If you would like to make a dough that can be "fired" like clay to make permanent sculptures,