Here is the recipe I always use...
2 cups of plain flour
1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups of coloured water
1 cup of table salt
Place all of the ingredients into a large pan. Cook slowly on a low-medium heat and stir it until the playdough thickens. I find using an electric hand whisk makes it go nice and smooth. It takes less than 10 minutes and is so much easier to stir too.
The playdough keeps best in the fridge in plastic containers. I tend to change my dough weekly to ensure it's fresh.
EYFS Next Steps:
To support the children's next steps why not add some fragrances or textures to your dough. Here are some ideas...
Co-ordinate the fragrance of the dough to match its colour. For example;
Blue food colouring + peppermint essence
Red food colouring + strawberry essence
Yellow food colouring + lemon essence
Brown food colouring + cocoa powder/coffee essence
I have even been known to add glitter and ground cinnamon to playdough at Christmas which makes a lovely addition to your playdough stock.
You could make a nice natural coloured dough using no colouring and let the children push in herbs from the garden. etc