Children love play dough. Its a fact. Any crazy, chaotic day that seems otherwise uncontrollable, can always be rescued with a good batch of play dough. Here is the best recipe ever:
Best Playdough (I usually triple or quadruple this recipe and cook it in a large deep frying pan)
Combine in saucepan: 1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1 tsp. cream of tartar
Add and whisk until smooth: 1 cup water 1 Tbsp oil Food coloring (Cake decorators paste or liquid makes great colors)
Cook over medium heat until nearly playdough is nearly set. Add: 1 Tbsp. imitation vanilla extract
Stir until vanilla is blended, then remove and knead when cool. Store in Ziploc bag or air tight container.
Note: The vanilla extract seems improve the texture and adds a nice scent as well.
I found this recipe a few years ago at perpetualpreschool.com. Smells good, feels great, and lasts forever.