Making homemade play dough is a super fun activity for the kids, especially in the wintertime when they are cooped up inside. They love to help make the play-do and since exact measurements are not crucial, they can help out more than they otherwise could. The play-do this recipe makes is soft and supple, and the kids love playing with it while it is still warm. We doubled the recipe last time when it was three kids, and it was more than enough and to spare. If you are making it for three or so children, you probably don’t need to double it. My daughter wanted pink this time, so that is what we made. But you can make it any color you like. Enjoy!
Submitted by Erin ~ The Sisters Cafe
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon food coloring
Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in water, oil and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms and cleans the sides of the pan. Stir it around a few more times to ensure that it is all thickened and then remove it from the heat. Dump the dough out and allow it to cool until you can handle it, and knead it until it is nice and smooth. Let the children play with it while it is still warm because that makes it more exciting!
Store it in a ziplock bag, with the air squeezed out. It will last for months.