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Fabulous Fun Dough

Ahhh summer… no schedules, no routine…no PEACE!

There’s a reason I haven’t written anything for my blog in several weeks, I haven’t had a minute to myself since all six of  the darling rug rats have been home! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer holidays, the warm weather, sleeping in, no school lunches, drinking G &T’s at lunch time…it’s all good! My kids are all  reasonably independent. They make their own breakfasts, go play with their posse in the neighbourhood, grab whatever is around for lunch, it’s pretty low-key around here.

Lately we have had fabulous weather, endless sunshine and I’m a big believer in adding water. You know…children + water = easy parenting. We have been exploring our ‘new’ home vigorously, rivers, lakes, ocean beaches. I really can’t complain. But THEY do! Let’s see if we can drive mom totally insane by arguing about WHERE we sit in the truck for a five minute drive to a gorgeous beach, with a playground and warm, shallow water! After almost 18 years of non-stop mommy hood…I Still. Don’t. Get. It.

Soon though, the weather will shift and they’ll get the “I’m BORED” disease. I don’t want them to sit in front of the TV for hours on end ( OK it would be quiet but I’d eventually feel guilty for contributing to their mush-brain). My oldest son just graduated, so I admit it…I’m NOT a keener mom anymore. Even though I’m an art major, when I’m on summer holidays…I don’t want to run a damn day camp…I want to chill out. My poor forgotten littles *sigh*

When I came across this old  recipe of mine, I knew I had to make it for that day! Play dough is an amazing ‘rainy day’ activity that requires very little parental input. Perfect! Lay it out with oodles of cookie cutters, rollers and they are enthralled for hours. I bet even my teenagers will wander over and join in…they can’t help themselves, the mindless tactile distraction is a great stress relief. Maybe I’ll join in too…ahhh squishy goodness!

Read recipe all the way through & ensure you have everything you need before starting.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs scented oil ( you can do different scents for different colours if you have extra energy)
  • a variety of paste food colour


  1. Sift Cream of Tartar into the flour, mix well, put aside.
  2. Put the water, oil and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until salt is dissolved.
  3. Slowly add the flour/tartar mix to the warm water, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook until thickened, do not undercook, you will notice that the dough darkens as it cooks from ivory to beige.
  5. As soon as it has cooled down enough, knead the dough.
  6. Divide into three portions.
  7. You may want rubber gloves for this part: Working with one portion at a time, add a pinch of the paste food colouring to the center of the ball of dough, Fold dough over wet food colouring knead and roll until colour is blended, add more colour as desired.
  8. Repeat with the other two portions.
  9. Put out the cookie cutters and rollers and let the kids enjoy!

***Caution: Depending on how much food colouring you use, you may want to use a cutting board/mat to protect your counters etc.

You can store dough in airtight containers & it can last for up to a month, especially if you keep in the fridge between playtimes!

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. 

~John Wilmot

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