Play dough is inexpensive to buy, but even more inexpensive to make. If you are needing your kids to be entertained involving them in the process will give you quality time with them, and the end result is excellent for playing together or independently.
Something to note is gel food coloring will produce much more vibrant colors than liquid food coloring. However, liquid will work just fine and is what I used.
-2 cups flour
-3/4 cup salt
-4 teaspoons cream of tartar
-2 cups water
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oul
-Food coloring (optional)
-Spices/scents for scenting
Stir together dry ingredients in a large pot on the stove. Add in water and oil, set to medium/high heat. Stir continuously, scraping bottom each time. Dough will begin thinking into a ball, continue stirring. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Once able to handle safely add any food coloring and scents, knead throughout dough. We often use cinnamon and vanilla flavoring, but any extract or spice could be added!
It is ready for play! If you notice the dough is still sticky add a bit more flour and knead into mixture.