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Posted by HoneyBee on December 17, 1998 at 20:46:37:

what you will need is a big saucepan,
add to this 4 cups of plain flour, ( no added rising agent )
1 cup of salt,
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar,
1 tablespoon of oil, ( I used olive oil, but you can use whatever kind you have handy )
stir this with a wooden spoon until mixed and then slowly stir while adding 4 cups of water
cook it over a low heat until cooked into a thick ball that isn't sticky to the touch,
beware that you might need the help of several stirrers as it can get very tiring. Then you take it off the heat and let it cool,tho dont let it dry out.
turn it out onto a board and kneed it till soft and pliable. Divide it into equal portions ( I made 4 ) and add coloring, I used red, green, blue and yellow.
Add as much color as you desire, a little at first and add more for preference. Then all you have to do is put it into a plastic bag wrap in cellophane and add ribbons.
I added cookie cutters in the shape Xmas trees etc.
What was great was that my daughter who is nine loved to help me cook it and add the color!
ENJOY!!! P.S: You can keep the cooked playdough for 4 weeks, store it in the fridge in an airtight container when not in use.

BTW another way to make it even more useable is to put it in airtight lunchboxes as a present too!

Posted by Zaida on December 28, 1998 at 17:30:52:

Baking Soda Recipe
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Cornstarch
1-1/4 cup Water
In medium saucepan, stir together baking soda, cornstarch and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it resembles mashed potatoes. Place in bowl and cover with damp cloth until cool. Store in sealed container.

Cornstarch Play Clay
1 cup Salt
1/3 cup Water
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup Cold Water
Food Coloring

In medium saucepan, mix salt and 1/3 cup water over medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes.) Remove from heat and add cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Will resemble mashed potatoes. Stir till thickens, cool, then knead. If it's too sticky, add a little more cornstarch. Store in sealed container with piece of damp sponge up to two weeks.

Cooked Play Clay I
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Water
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/4 cup Salt
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring
Waxed Paper
In medium saucepan, mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When dough becomes harder to stir and gathers on spoon (about 5 min.) dump onto waxed paper, cool until able to handle and knead 10-15 times until smooth. Store in sealed container, keeps up to two weeks.

Cooked Play Clay II
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Salt
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
Food Coloring
In medium saucepan, mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool until able to handle and then knead on a floured surface. Store in sealed container, keeps for 2 to 4 weeks.

White Bread Clay
1-2 slices White Bread, crusts removed
1 tbsp White Glue
Rip bread into tiny pieces in bowl. Add glue and mix with fork till all crumbs are moistened. Roll into ball. If too wet add a little more bread. Knead until smooth. If dough dries out while working, add a few drops of water and knead. Store in sealed contained in refrigerator up to a month. Air dries in 1 to 3 days. For a semigloss finish; brush on equal parts water and white glue.Good for detailed projects-won't crack when drying.

No-Cook Play Clay (For Kids who want to make it themselves.)
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup Very Warm Tap Water
Food Coloring
Mix flour and salt, then pour in water and stir well. Knead for 5 minutes, adding in color as desired.

Play Clay Tips
* If clay gets too dry, renew it with a few drops of water.
*If clay is too sticky, knead in more flour, cornstarch or baking soda.
*Cover extra clay with a damp cloth while working to prevent drying.
*To color clay: either knead in food coloring or cake-decorating coloring paste.
*Most clays can be colored with acrylic paints when dry

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