Homemade Play Dough

The first time I made my own play dough, it was not by choice. It was my daughter's preschool's idea of parent involvement. Each family was handed a recipe and required to bring in a batch of fresh play dough to share with the class. We rotated through the list of families, and finally my turn came. I still don't quite understand what the point was, but I did learn one thing. Gooey, fresh, warm, play dough is really fun to play with. And for that very reason, I still have the original recipe they handed me, eight years later. That's saying something.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

food coloring as needed

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium pot. Add water, food coloring and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until the mixture forms a messy ball. Turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface. Store in an air-tight container.