Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Custard playdough and Pampered Chef!

                   Another Playdough experiment and a look at "My easy cutter"

I was feeling creative today, yet again, and I decided to get the ingredients out of the cupboard and create another playdough recipe! So, custard playdough was born! But, there was another method to my slight madness, I have recently bought some brilliant knives from Pampered Chef and thought it would be an ideal time to try them out.

 The "My Easy Cutter" is a knife designed with children in mind. It is a small, handy knife which looks sharp with its jagged edges. However, this is not the case. I can quite happily allow my 2 1/2 year old to use it without the fear of her getting cut. Of course, it is still advisable to supervise a child with this product, but it is a great way of getting children involved in the kitchen!!

 My daughter was able to happily cut her playdough with the knife. It is a great tool for clay and dough play, allowing children to cut their dough to size and experiment with the skills needed for cutting with a knife. When I first showed it to her, she recognised it " I use that at Preschool, Mummy! For snack!" In fact, many childcare settings are using this product to encourage children to cut their own fruit and vegetables for snack. The knife can easily slice through an apple.....

The "My easy cutter" is definitely worth a purchase! I have two for my daughter, one for playdough and one for helping me in the kitchen. They also are not too expensive to buy

And so to my latest playdough recipe!! Why don't you give it a try!!

You will need:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup custard powder
1 cup salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 Cup water

Place all the dry ingredients into a saucepan and mix. Add the oil and water and place on a low heat. Stir until mixture begins to bind together then allow to cool. Knead the dough together to create a ball of dough. I found that this dough can be a little sticky due to the custard in it, so you may need to add a little more flour to the finished dough to prevent this.

Dough should last for a week in a food bag in the fridge.

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