I recently had a friend of mine visit me. She is in second grade and a delightful child. We needed something to occupy our time and I thought she might like to help me make some playdough. I have had this playdough recipe since my older daughter was in pre-school. I made it for my kids and the kids I had in my daycare. It is big fun and so easy. It is non toxic in small amounts, but has a lot of salt, so shouldn't be eaten.
Similar to commercially made playdough, it will dry out if left in the open, but can last a long time if you return it to a sealed container after each use.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt, that reminds me. Gotta put salt on the list.
2 teaspoons cream of tartar, go ahead and buy it. You need it to make snickerdoodles
1 Tablespoon oil
1 cup warm water
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan. I used 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring and 4 drops of red food coloring. If this got on a carpet, I didn't want any staining. It gave the playdough a faint pink appearance.
Use whatever flavors and colors you like, and have in the pantry.
Heat over medium heat. My friend needed a chair to help and I made sure to keep her far from the flame of my gas cooktop. Don't walk away. This doesn't take long.
Keep stirring until the dough forms into a ball.
It is quite warm when you finish, so wait a bit before little hands start forming shapes.
Why, yes. We DO allow 7 year olds to get tattooed in Virginia.