A few weeks ago, I made a big batch of play dough, hoping that Red Chief would take new interest in it. Having a great big lump of the stuff was certainly more appealing to him than the minuscule amounts he had formerly (we had two tiny containers, the kind that people give as party favors). Now he wants to play with it all the time, and he's constantly giving me brownies and cookies that he's made.
I just let Red Chief use my kitchen things with his play dough. It's easy enough to wash them when we're done, and that way I don't have to keep a lot of extra things around.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
several drops food coloring
1/4 teaspoon orange extract (or flavor of your choice), optional
Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium-small saucepan, then add wet ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place on stove over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture begins to thicken. Keep stirring. Cook and stir until mixture becomes one big lump and there is no more liquid. Turn out on a dinner plate to cool. After five or ten minutes, give it a good kneading and store in an airtight container.
(Recipe updated 10/8/10)