Recipe from Better Basics for the Home (a fantastic book if you’re into making your own bath, body and home cleaning supplies)
Practical Play Dough
2 cups flour
2/3 cup salt
3 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
A few tablespoons juice dyes
Place the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Combine the water, vegetable oil, and juice dyes (if using). Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and stir together thoroughly. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is difficult to stir and is close to play dough texture (about 5 minutes). Let cool slightly, then knead until smooth.
Store in a glass jar with a screw top for one week in refrigerator. Makes 3 cups.
To make juice dyes, use 1/4 cup plant dyestuff to 2 cups water. Simmer over low heat for 1-2 hours. Strain and let cool. Freeze what you don’t use for another time.
I made 1/4 of the recipe and that was more then enough for one little person to play with. I also used some blueberry puree I had in the freezer to color the play dough with. I suppose you could use some natural food coloring, but don’t you think it’s much funner to make your own and see what you come up with! Next time we’ll try beets.