I was asked what my recipe for play dough is and I have to admit, that my favorite recipe is the one that I made every other week all school year long for our awesome preschool. The thing that makes this recipe great is the cream of tartar, which keeps it pliable and moist longer. I buy it in the bulk section at Winco, where it is super cheap (don’t buy the small little bottles in the spice section– that’s a racket!). I have had play dough, with normal family use, last for over six months just in a Ziplock bag.
2 C. flour
2 C. water
1 C. salt
1/4 C. vegetable oil
4 t. cream of tartar
Mix all the ingredients together in a pot. Add the food coloring to the desired color before cooking. Cook at medium heat, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom as you go. When it is ready it will ball up and will no longer be sticky to the touch. Turn out onto a surface and knead until pliable. Let cool and store in an air tight container.
P.S. The picture has nothing to do with play dough, I know, but I just loved it.