I used to be that mom that hated playdough. Then one year for Jay's birthday I found myself telling my sister-in-law to get him some, and he loved it. All my fears of it making a mess, and being a pain to clean up when he was done came true, but it brought Jay happiness, so it's fine. Messes and motherhood go hand in hand right? All of that playdough has since gotten hard and been thrown in the trash.
Then, last weekend when we were watching LDS General Conference, I wanted something to keep Jay and Em busy, and so I decided to make some more playdough for them. This was more of me not wanting to go to the store, and less of me being an earthy crunchy mom. But I always feel like a good person when I'm able to have those "organic" mommy wins.
This playdough turned out to be incredibly soft, and I like the feel of it in my hands better than the stuff you get from the store. We used gel food coloring to make it different colors, and I was surprised that after the colors were well blended into the dough, it didn't dye the hands of my kids at all. I was also surprised by how soft this stays in airtight containers. It's lasted us over a week now with no changes in texture. When you first mix the dough it feels a little rough and crumbly, but softens and smooths out as you continue to knead it.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
gel food coloring
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients with a large spoon (so you don't burn your hands on the hot water), and mix all the ingredients together until the dough forms and everything is mixed together evenly. Place the dough into a new bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it cool in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Once the dough is cool enough to handle, divide the dough into four even balls. Using a plate (so you don't stain the counter), place one ball of dough on the plate, and make an indent for the food coloring. I just did a small blob that I thought would be enough to cover, so do what you think is best. Knead the ball of dough on the plate until the color is uniform throughout the dough. Repeat this process until you've colored all your dough. Store in airtight containers for up to one month.