A very long time ago I came across the best playdough recipe I've ever found.
Some recipes are too sticky.
Some are too grainy.
Some dry out too quickly.
This one is just right, and is the one we use in this week's Zoo Train craft.
If you keep it in a plastic bag when you are done with it, it keeps soft and useable for as long as you like.
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp. cream of tartar (helps to keep it from feeling "grainy")
2 tbsp. cooking oil
2 cups water
2 pkg. Koolaid (completely optional - provides a scent, but also increases the likelihood your child will want to eat the playdough)
Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Cook on medium heat until it starts to feel stiff and change consistency. Remove from heat and knead on waxed paper for a few seconds.
The cooking part only takes about 2 or 3 minutes. Hint: If you are using the food colouring and/or Koolaid, mix it in with the water before combining with the wet ingredients. The color mixes in more consistently.
This playdough is great for party favours or rainy afternoon activities.