If you’re looking for something fun and entertaining for the kid while still easy and inexpensive, I have the perfect thing for you. I have been making playdough for my kids for years. With this simple recipe, your kids are sure to have hours of fun. (They also love helping make it and watch it transform from liquid to solid.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups salt
2 tbsp oil
3 cups water
1 tbsp cream of tartar

In a large pot, whisk all the ingredients together until well blended (now is where you would also add in any food coloring you want). On your stovetop, heat the mixture on medium/medium-low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon. When the dough starts to form into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan it’s ready!

I love this playdough because it’s 100% edible (although it won’t taste good), and non-toxic. Store it in a Ziploc bag until it gets too hard to play with and then you can have fun making more 🙂 .

This is what it will look like when you whisk it all together.

This is what it looks like when done heating. There will be little flakes stuck to the bottom and sides like you see here, it washed right off and won’t harm the pot you’re using.

After about 10-15 minutes cooling you’re ready to play!

Cookie cutters make for great fun!

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