This is compliments of Frugal Village:
The homemade stuff may not come in a shiny yellow play-doh container, but you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already, and the concoction won't smell or contain yucky toxins.
1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Salt
2 tablespoon Cream of tartar
1 tablespoon Oil
- Cook until ingredients start to clump together. Turn out onto a plate or piece of wax paper, and knead in food coloring if you wish.
If the mix starts drying out, knead in a splash of water or whip up a new batch. Once you've made your doughy ball of fun, give your kids a few miscellaneous kitchen tools like cookie cutters, a rolling pin, or that melon baller you got for a wedding gift but never use.
There are plenty of alternate recipes that use varying amounts of the above ingredients, and the kids don't have an exclusive claim on the fun adults enjoy it too.
Store in a covered container or Ziploc bags for up to six weeks.