There have always been two great modelling toys as far as I’m concerned. There’s Play Dough (or Play-Doh to give it its Homer Simpon-esque commercial name) and Plasticene. Both came in a range of colours, had a unique smell, kind of like marzipan though not quite, and could be twisted, rolled and generally formed into whatever shape you wanted.
Whilst Plasticene tended to allow more intricate modelling, it also had to be rolled around a bit to soften it up before you could do much with it. Play Dough however was malleable from the word go, and so was a much better choice for younger hands to get to grips with. It was also possible to make your own Play Dough, so following a quick call to my Mum here is the recipe she used to make Play Dough for me when I was little. Firstly though, like the warning about getting a grown up to help you with scissors, there’s a warning attached to this recipe which is, fairly obviously I would have thought – DO NOT EAT!
1 cup plain Flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 heaped tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
First, mix a few drops of food colouring into the water. Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and stir over a medium heat until mixture stiffens and can be rolled into a ball. Cool before use, and store in an airtight container between uses.
As you can see it’s pretty simple to make and provides hours of fun, but if your too lazy or find the idea of cooking anything scary then you can always pick up a pack of four colours of the ready made stuffÂ from Seven Again.