*Please note this is not the homemade playdough*
A few people have mentioned that they'd love a homemade playdough recipe. It's really simple. I sometimes forget how simple it is. If you have the ingredients on hand (I almost always do), it's easy to throw together during naptime for an afternoon surprise.
*As printed in the Crisis Pregnancy Center Cook Book around 1988, by L. Shanley*
1 c water
1 c flour
1 t food dye
1/2 c salt
2 t cream of tartar (also called tartic acid)
1 T oil
Mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat in saucepan until it is not sticky (2 1/2 - 5 minutes). Cool in freezer for 10 minutes.
Keep in mind that I rarely get to "not sticky" stage before it starts to burn down a bit in the pot. I just pulled it out and (carefully, as it's hot) kneaded in a bit of flour to absorb the last bit of "stick".
Store in an airtight container.
It's great because you can throw it out when it gets disgusting (or they've been sick and had their scummy germs on it), and simply make more. The only thing I find difficult is having 1/2 c salt in the house. That's the only one I have trouble keeping up with sometimes.
You can be generous with your food dye, because you don't get bright colours otherwise.