Since playdough has been mentioned a couple times I thought I would provide my family's time honored recipe. I have eaten (age 2), played with (age 2+) and made this playdough through the years and it works great for every purpose.
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1 cup white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 TB cream of tartar
Mix these ingredients in a medium pot.
1 cup water
1 TB oil
Cook this mixture over medium heat, constantly stirring for 3-5minutes.
It will look like a globby mess and you'll be sure it's not turning out, but it will.
Just Believe!When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn off and knead
on lightly floured service.
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Advice from my mother:
I found that kids love using with playdough. Toddlers are not
able to manipulate the playdough well enough to makeballs or snakes, but
they can push into the playdough mass.