We’ve been using The Buffalo Museum of Science’s Homemade Play-dough recipe for a couple of years now. In my opinion, this is the BEST dough for kids to play with (although I also love Crayola Model Magic!).
Here’s how to make the best play dough ever:
Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 2 tsp. cream of tartar in a saucepan. Gradually stir in 1 cup of water mixed with 2 Tbsp oil and 1 tsp. of food coloring. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Can also be microwaved (not sure how that would work out as I always cook it on the stovetop). Remove from heat and knead until smooth. Store at room temperature in a plastic bag. It should last for weeks.
Just to note, I didn’t add the food coloring in the dough while I was cooking it. Instead, I put on plastic gloves and took smaller hunks, adding food coloring and then kneading it. It helped to get the right consistency as the mixture is more like mashed potatoes when you remove it from the heat. The kneading is VERY important and I figured I would just add the color at that point. Plus it is nice to have different colors.
It looks like mashed potatoes before kneading.
My child loved to stick all sorts of objects in the dough.
I love storing things in my Tupperware!