So, as Part 1 of "Keeping the Kids Busy" I want to share with you a fantastic recipe for Play Dough. There are a lot of recipes out there, but I have made this one NUMEROUS times for both my children at home and the children I teach at school (I'll be headed back to work this fall - but that's another story! *sniff, sniff*).
Cooked Play Dough
1 C. salt
2 C. flour
1 tbsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. cooking oil
2 C. water
*optional food coloring or Kool-Aid drink mix (half package) for color (the drink mix makes it smell so yummy!)
1. Mix ingredients in a pot. Add the food coloring or drink mix.
2. Cook on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring CONSTANTLY until the dough becomes stiff.
*Note: The dough will become extremely difficult to stir and you may need another person to hold the pot. Also, I prefer a hefty wooden spoon for this job.*
3. Let the dough cool.
4. Store dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The dough will last for quite a while and it has the consistency of commercially prepared play dough
Reference: Children's Arts and Crafts, pg 64
Have fun and don't worry about buying 'special' rollers and cookie cutters. Around here we use everything - plastic spatula, plastic cups, cans for rolling, plates, coins for impressions...
To address a comment below (sorry you didn't leave me a contact email)... the food coloring/drink mix does NOT stain the children's hands. If you choose food coloring only a few drops are necessary and once the dough has been well mixed there is no chance of transfer. The same is true with the drink mix!