Nancy Blakey: Through four children and twelve years, play-dough is still a favorite around our home. This recipe is infinitely superior to the store-bought stuff, and two things make it special: the icing food coloring paste (it makes a deeper color that regular food coloring cannot match--available at your grocer or specialty-food shop) and glitter. Or choose to keep it simple and use ordinary food coloring and skip the glitter.
What You Will Need:
1 1/2 cups salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar (acts as a preservative)
3 cups water
3-4 tablespoons oil
icing food coloring
Mix the dry ingredients (except the glitter) together in a big pan. Add the water, oil, and food coloring, and whisk until the lumps are worked out and the food coloring is well mixed. Place the mixture over medium heat and stir until the dough thickens and gathers into a big ball.
When the dough cools, knead in the glitter. Play-dough will keep several weeks in a plastic bag or covered bowl (no need to refrigerate). When ready to use, add cookie cutters, rolling pins, table knives, and plastic figurines to the fun.
Source: Lotions, Potions and Slime: Mudpies and More! Copyright © 1996 by Nancy Blakey. All rights reserved. This activity was reprinted with permission from Tricycle Press and may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written approval from the publisher.