I just made my first batch of homemade playdough. This is a kid friendly activity, and Wylie got in on the action. Recipe and tutorial below...
Yields 5 colors
4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups salt
4 cups warm water
4 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
+ food coloring
Mix the first five ingredients together in a large pot, then cook over low heat, stirring often until combined and no longer sticky (about 10 minutes).
Transfer to a non-stick surface and allow to cool enough to handle.
Knead until elastic.
Roll the dough and portion into 5 balls, pat into discs, and thumb a well for the food coloring.
USING LATEX or RUBBER GLOVES apply several drops of desired color to the disc. Fold into the dough, and knead until combined. This is not a step for little kids, let them handle it after combined.
Seal in an airtight container.