Homemade Playdough

Yield: about 3 C play dough
Time: 15 minutes, per batch
Recipe from my mom, Pam Willahan

1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1 C water
1 T vegetable or canola oil
1 t cream of tartar
1/2 t food coloring of choice

Note: You will need to make separate batches for each color you would like to make. I usually only make 1 batch...when I make more than one, they mix them all together any way.

1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. I used these great Wilton Icing Colors as the food coloring. You can find them at Walmart, or any craft store. They make the colors very vivid and bright. You can most definitely use regular food coloring (which is actually what I have used every time I have made it, my entire life, except for the time I was taking these fine pictures for you fine readers.)
2. Over medium heat, stir the mixture all around until it is warmed and begins to stick together like so. This should take about 5 minutes.
3. Set the dough on some wax paper and knead it just a bit. Just a bit now...you don't need to plan half an hour of your day to knead the dough. Just give it a 5 or 6 pulls with your hand.
The Homemade Play dough should be stored in a Ziploc bag and lasts for a long time.
Months even!
That was 15 minutes well spent.
Pat yourself on the back!

                                                                from recipe site Jamie Cooks It Up! (www.jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com)