You can make your kids' play dough right in your own kitchen. Use a pizza cutter, butter knife, and an assortment of cookie cutters to create shapes. All you need to do is mix everything together and heat the mixture. You can add food coloring, Kool-Aid powder, or beet and carrot juices to color it - or even mix in grated citrus peel or vanilla essence so it will smell nice. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. If it gets too dry, just add a little oil.
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
1. Mix all ingredients, adding the coloring last.
2. Stir over medium heat until smooth.
3. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth.
4. Place in a ziploc plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.