One no-bake play dough recipe that is easy enough for kids to make is available from PBS and requires only standard household cooking ingredients. Preschool expert Amanda Rock offers an alternative recipe on About.com that uses cream of tartar to enhance the texture of the dough.
To make the no-bake recipe available from PBS, combine 1 cup of water and 4 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl. Put in food coloring to create the desired shade. Add 1 ? cups salt and 2 to 4 tablespoons of a household cooking oil, such as canola. Oil is essential for keeping the dough pliable during use. Put in glitter to make the dough sparkle. Knead all of the ingredients until the dough reaches the desired consistency.
The recipe available from About.com uses the same mixing method, but it requires 1 cup of boiling water and 1 cup of flour to start. Add 2 tablespoons cream of tartar to keep the dough at the right consistency, and 1 tablespoon of household cooking oil. Only ? cup of salt is needed for the recipe. Since the water is hot, take care when beginning the kneading process and use a spatula or spoon. Add the food coloring last when making this recipe.