My four-year-old loves to help in the kitchen. I can’t remember the last egg I cracked, because that’s one of her favorite jobs. She also loves measuring, mixing, touching, smelling, and tasting ingredients. I think she has the makings of a good cook. I think it’s important to involve her in the kitchen and garden so she is invested in what we grow and create.
We make play dough several times a year. It keeps well and I like that I know exactly what’s in it. I’ve never liked the smell of commercial play dough. I usually toss it once it has attracted too many bits of dirt/hair/crumbs. We get hours and hours of fun out of a batch, and part of the fun is making it.
This recipe makes enough dough to split into 4.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Combine first five ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. It will look like a sticky wet mess, but I promise it will become the right consistency.
Continue to stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes until mixture forms a ball in the center of the saucepan.
Dump the dough out onto a cutting board or clean countertop and knead. Separate into 4 pieces and add several drops of food coloring to each piece. Knead until the color is well distributed.
Store in an airtight container so it doesn’t dry out.