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Make it: Play-dough

Play-dough provides endless opportunities for children to be creative and develop their skills.

Banksia Grove Early Learning Centre Manager Kelly Meyn has generously shared her go-to play-dough recipe:


Play dough



2 cups plain flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

½ cup of salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 to 1 ½ cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

Gel food colouring

A few drops of glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine)



Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate container, add food colouring to the boiling water, then pour the wet mixture a bit at a time into the dry ingredients.

Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.

Add the glycerine (optional) and allow to cool.

Remove from bowl and knead for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it is the right consistency. If it remains a little sticky, add a little more flour until it is just right.)