...of course it's not toxic (though there is a helluva lot of salt in it) and it's not partcularly slimey but I find anything a bit gross is entirely appealing to little boys.
I'd wanted to make playdough for a while and this batch was declared a success with my boy when he was about 18 months (I think we got over the worst of the mouthing stage by then). We still play with the same green and slimey batch seven months on, you just need to store it in an airtight container.
Ready for the recipe? Sick of homeade playdough recipes? Have your own improved recipe?
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
and because I am probably a little weird, I added some peppermint flavouring to make my dough smell nice, though you could use vanilla extract or almond essence
* mix all the ingredients in a large pan - stir over a medium heat for a couple of minutes - the mixture will turn lumpy first, like chocolate when it seizes, keep stirring and within a couple of seconds you will have a lovely gooey dough
* knead for a couple of minutes until soft and stretchy (I can't tell you how weirdly pleasurable this bit was)
* store in an airtight container or ziploc bag
This makes a lot of dough, so I would suggest splitting it into a couple of pans and making a couple of different colours. If you're not into the green and slimey, maybe pink colouring with a drop of rose water (I think I would have to chuck in some lustre dust or glitter too!)