This is something that my mom used to make for me all the time when I was a kid. It was fun because not only did I get to play with playdough, but I also got to help make it and choose what color I wanted.
This year I am making a little set of it for my 5-year-old cousin for Christmas. He is really into Monsters, Inc. right now so I made him the colors of Sully and Mike.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- generous amounts of food coloring
Makes 2 cups of playdough.
Note: Normally I would add the food coloring to the water because it is easier to incorporate, but since I was splitting the batch into two colors I mixed it in after it was dough.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add in water, salt, and cream of tartar. If making one color add in about 20-30 drops of food coloring. Once salt is dissolved, add in flour and stir until a dough ball forms. Remove from heat and transfer dough into a cool bowl. Divide and add food coloring. I like to use my hands, so I wait about 5 minutes for it to cool a little bit and then use rubber kitchen gloves to mix in the food coloring.
While the dough is still warm, I place it into a sealed container so it can retain moisture. The better sealed the dough is the better it will keep, but at about $1.10 a batch it is pretty affordable to replace.