We go through lots and lots of play dough at our house. Of course it goes by different names like Pee Doh, Pedro and Pay Dough. I still get the point but I times I really do not feel like running to the store just for this stuff or allowing my kiddos to play with a piece of dough that has picked up enough dirt and hair to clog any drain. This is when I turn into making my own. Believe me it is a lot quicker then packing up everyone to into the car and heading out.
You will need: 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, food coloring, 1 cup of water, 1tbs of vegi oil and the magic ingredient called Cream of Tartar (1tbs). You can find this ingredient in the spice isle of your grocery store. I always keep it in my pantry just in case.
Dump everything into a pan adding a few drops of food coloring. Food coloring will give your Play Dough a subtle color like baby blues and pinks I will cover brighter hues in Play Dough II.
Place on medium heat mixing continiously. If the heat it too high you will not have enough time to incorporate the mixture. The mixture will not stain your pot so you do not have to use really old ones.
Allow it to cool before you start playing with it.
It is so quick to make and actually pretty fragrant after the addition of food color. You can always add some lemon or vanilla extract if you want it to smell even better, but I would be worried that it would be eaten especially once it is molded into something scrumptious.
Plus it does not stain at all even though I fully realize that this photo and color choice do not make this point stronger. Make it someday. Better yet make it with your older kids and they will be pleasantly suprised on how easy it is.
Remember that it will store to 2 weeks in the air tight container. I use a ziplock or an old play doh ones. Enjoy.