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KATIE'S PLAYDOUGH
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water
few drops food coloring
Stir together the flour and salt in a big bowl.  Put a few drops
of your favorite coloring into the water, and pour it all into
the bowl.  Stir it up a bit, and when it gets really stiff, mix 
and squeeze it with your hands until it feels just right.
If dough is too stiff to work with easily, add a tablespoon or 
two more water.  If it is too sticky, add just a little more flour.
Wash your hands and dry them really well, then get out the
rolling pin, cookie cutters, plastic ravioli cutter, table knife,
and whatever other tools Mom says are safe and okay, or
just use your hands to mold the dough into anything you want.  
Katie and Grandma Lyn like to make playdough cookies, cupcakes,
pies, donuts, and even SPAGHETTI for their tea parties.  Use your
imagination and make your favorite foods and objects.  Remember,
this playdough is only for playing, NOT for eating.  It won't taste good!
(For spaghetti, or fur for animals, push dough through a garlic press.)
GRANDMA LYN SAYS:  The dough will keep a few days in a plastic
bag in the refrigerator.  If it looks sticky, just flour your hands
before handling again.  Objects can be air-dried (several days),
oven-dried (hour or more), or easiest, dried hard in minutes in
the microwave.  Be sure a grownup helps you with this!   
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