Collaton St Mary Pre-School

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Craft recipes

Playdough Recipe 1

3 Cups of Plain Flour
3 Cups of Water with added  colouring of your choice
1½ Cups of Salt
3 Tablespoons of cooking oil
6 Teaspoons of Cream of Tartar


Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well then place in a microwave and cook 2 mins, give it a stir. Cook for another  2 mins, give it a another stir. Then 1 min intervals with a stir between until it’s combined. Leave to cool as the playdough gets very hot particularly in the middle. Once cool enough to handle give it a good kneed.
If you don't have a microwave you can make it in a saucepan.
Put all ingredients into a saucepan, and stir while cooking over a medium heat until the desired consistency is obtained.
(Keeps well in an air tight container - not fridge)

Playdough Recipe 2

2 Cups of Plain Flour
½ Cup of Salt
1 Cup of water (with added colouring of your choice)
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil
1 Tablespoon of Hand Lotion


Mix flour and salt together.
Add hand lotion, oil and water. Mix well and knead until dough is smooth.

This is a pliant, pleasant-smelling dough which keeps well.

Salt Dough Recipe

16 Tablespoons of Plain White Flour
8 Tablespoons of Salt
16 Tablespoons of cold water


Mix the flour and the salt together and then stir in the water.   Knead the dough together adding small drops of extra water  if necessary to make a smooth but not sticky dough.

Once the dough has come together turn it out onto a flat surface and continue to knead it for about 10 minutes by which time the dough should be warm, soft and pliable.

Cooking recipes

Basic Biscuit Recipe

175g/6oz Plain Flour
100g/4oz Butter or Margarine
50g/2oz Caster Sugar


Pre-heat oven to 150°C/300°F Gas 2

Cream the butter or margarine and caster sugar together until they are light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and once mixed knead the dough together until it forms a ball, add a sprinkle of flour if the dough is at all sticky.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 5mm thick.

Cut out the dough using your chosen cutter.

Place the biscuits on a floured baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let the biscuits cool on a wire tray before decorating.

Chocolate Nests

Block of cooking chocolate (Milk or Plain)
Shredded Wheat
Sugar Coated mini eggs
Small cake paper cases.


Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl. The chocolate now needs to  melt so you can either put the bowl in a low oven, or rest the bowl over another bowl of hot water, and leave until all the chocolate has melted.

Once melted give the chocolate a good stir and start to add some of the crumbled Shredded Wheat, add enough to give a twiggy effect to the chocolate.

Spoon enough of the mixture into one of the paper cases to make a nest shape, leaving a hollow in the middle, big enough to place about 4 mini eggs in. You can either put the eggs in straight away and they will stick to the hardening chocolate or wait until the nest has set. Remove the nest from the paper case when the nest is finished.

Small Cakes

These easy to make little cakes can be decorated in lots of different ways.

Makes 12 - 14 cakes

6oz/175g Self raising flour
4oz/100g  Soft margarine
4oz/100g Caster sugar
2 large eggs


Preheat Oven at 375ºF/190ºC Gas Mark 5

You will also need some small cake tins and small cake cases.

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and using either an electric mixer or by hand, mix them all together thoroughly for at least 2 minutes until the mixture is light and creamy.

Put the paper cases into the tins and then divide the mixture equally between them.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, the cakes when cooked should be golden in colour and just firm to the touch.

Remove the cakes from the tins and leave to cool on  a wire tray.