I decided to try the cooked version with cream of tartar as I have read that it is pretty fool proof from Counting Coconuts.
This is the receipe that I used.
2 cups of plain flour
1 Tbsp. of cooking oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups of coloured water
1 cup of salt
Just mix everything together in a pan and cook slowly on medium-high and stir it until the playdough thickens. Be careful not to overcook as it will lose its shine and elasticity.
|Ingredients mixed in a pan|
|Mixture after lots of stirring|
|Removed from the pan|
|After a few minutes kneeding|
The photo doesn't really do it justice as it looks a bit dry but it was just like the stuff you buy in the shops and even smelt a bit like it too.
Counting Coconuts suggests making a batch without colour and then adding colour afterwards when kneeding into balls. This is what I will do next time so that I can have a few different colours. It also looks like the colours will be brighter if they haven't been cooked.
I put our batch in a metal tin ready for use. Freddy really enjoyed playing with it but he did run away with a handful and then come back with a slightly green mouth so I suspect the salt doesn't completely deter children from trying to eat it.