Growing up, my Mom would make homemade playdough for my brother, sister and I. It was fun to have a big batch of freshly made playdough. I distinctly remember the feel and the smell of this playdough. My mom still makes homemade playdough for the kiddos in her Sunday School class at church. I also love to make this at home for my boys. It is fun, easy, and very affordable. You can find a variety of scented oils or extracts to add in, giving the playdough a fun smell your kids will love. Walmart sells scented oils in their craft section. I have seen them in packages of two for $2 - grape, strawberry, cinnamon, orange, etc. These are purely for smell and are not the extracts you would use for baking. BUT you can use those too! Lemon, orange, rootbeer, and even anise or almond baking extracts are perfect for adding a fun smell to your homemade playdough.
In a small saucepan (nonstick works best), mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar). I buy my cream of tartar in the bulk section of our local store. It is MUCH cheaper than buying the small containers in the baking aisle.
In a measuring cup, mix water and oil together. Add several drops of food coloring, until you achieve your desired color. Add a few drops of scented oil or extract, if using.
Pour the wet ingredients into the the pan with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Place pan over medium heat, stirring continually, until dough forms. As soon as you start to see the dough form a skin (about 1-2 minutes), remove from heat.
Let cool for one minute, and then knead for two minutes. Make another batch, or two, or three.
Store in airtight containers or ziplock plastic bags. Making homemade playdough is super easy, super fun, and frugal. You can create a wide variety of colors and scents.
Your kids will love playing with this homemade playdough, especially if they helped you make it. Enjoy!