This is an excellent play dough recipe which is fun to make and never fails to provide amusement on a rainy afternoon!
You will need:
1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional but it makes the play dough smell nice!)
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, and then knead until smooth.
Store in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag with the air pressed out is good).
Small bags of pre-made play dough also make a good going-away present for a toddlers birthday party make up some large batches in different colours and divide it up.
NB: We have been advised that homemade play dough is a potential danger to household pets and must be kept safely out of their reach at all times.