Homemade play dough is cheap, easy to make, lasts ages and is made entirely from edible ingredients so is ideal for toddlers (though it tastes horrible, at least you know it’s safe).
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
Step 1 : Combine all ingredients, except the food dye, in a saucepan and stir until smooth.
Step 2 : Place the pan on the stove on a medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture forms a thick dough. Don’t worry about lumps forming, just keep stirring.
Step 3 : Turn the dough out onto a floured bench and leave it to cool enough to be able to handle it. Then knead until smooth.
Step 4 : Add food colouring. Kneed until the colour is even. To make a play dough rainbow before adding the dye divide the batch into 3 balls, and make one yellow, blue and red.
Step 5 : Divide each colour in half and then one half into a quarter. You should have 9 balls in total.
Step 6 : Now knead the smaller balls together into different pairs to make green (yellow and blue) orange (yellow and red) and purple (blue and red)