Play dough is the stuff childhood is made out of. Even better if the child could make the play dough! With this no cook recipe, you could have a pint-sized assistant make this half-pint of wonderful dough!
Some interesting facts about this play dough recipe: because of the amount of salt used, it does not harvest bacteria. Also, it is not harmful if ingested. That said, you should still discourage it's consumption.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Ingredients
For this recipe, you'll need:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup boiling water
optional: food coloring, and glitter (why not?!)
Step 2: Hot Water Methods
You can either heat your water over the stove top or in the microwave, just make sure it is either boiling hot or near it.
If kids are helping you with this project, keep them clear of the hot water. But you probably already know this.
Step 4: Pour Water Incrementally
Be careful not to add the entire 1 1/2 cups of water all at once. You may not even need all of it to achieve a play dough consistency. I added about a 1/4 cup at a time, and had about 1/8 cup of water left at the end. However, if you find you added in too much water, throw in some flour to even out the consistency.
How will you know if you have achieved the right consistency? Well, if after kneading, nothing is sticking to your hands, you're already there!
Step 5: Kneading
After adding in all the ingredients, take a couple minutes to knead the dough thoroughly so that all it is perfectly clear of any floury chunks. Kids love this part, so let them have a go at it!