When it comes to kids- it's all about having different activities to keep them busy! And I think most kids LOVE play dough. I LOVE this recipe because it last a long time, even if it is left outside overnight. The last batch I made lasted for about 6 months with many overnight air exposures. Most people have the following ingredients at home already, EXCEPT probably the cream of tartar. But this is the secret ingredient so don't SKIP it. Make a special trip to the bulkstore/grocery store to pick it up. It's worth the extra trip, trust me.
1 cup water
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
food colouring 5 drops
1 cup of all purpose flour
Combine the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring in a saucepan over the stove until hot.
Remove from stove and add flour. Mix until it forms a ball. Keep in an air tight container or bag. Enjoy!
(NOTE: It must be warm/hot when you add the flour, if it is too cold then when you add the next ingredients the consistency will be liquidy, so if this does happen then you just have to heat up and mix until it begins to form a play dough ball).