Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

With a little bit of elbow grease and some basic kitchen ingredients, you can create homemade play dough that will last much longer than store-bought versions. It also feels much silkier and doesn't crumble when exposed to air for a while. Making this play dough requires some adult elbow grease, but the results are really worth it!

What you'll need:
2 cups flour
1 cup table salt
2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 teaspoons cream of tartar (found in the spice aisle)
Food coloring
Vanilla or peppermint extract (for a nice smell)

What you'll do:
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will start to thicken and become difficult to stir. When it starts to form into a sticky ball, remove and place on counter. Knead for one minute. Cool completely.

Although kids need only their hands to have fun with this clay, look in your utensil drawer for some safe tools that they can use, such as cookie cutters, a rolling pin, a butter knife, plastic forks and spoons. A drinking straw can be used to poke holes.

When kids are done playing, store the clay in an airtight container.

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