Martha Stewart provides a play dough recipe that calls for flour, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, water and food coloring. Available at MarthaStewart.com under the title "Making Play Dough With Kids," the recipe takes only 10 minutes and yields about 3 1/2 cups of play dough.
Combine the following ingredients in a saucepan: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 2 cups cold water. Cook the mixture over medium heat, and stir for about five minutes or until the dough has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Divide the dough into small portions for coloring. Add six to eight drops of food coloring to each portion, and knead until the color distributes evenly.
PBS offers a twist on this classic recipe by adding glitter to the mixed dough. This recipe also requires no cream of tartar or cooking, so it is easier to prepare. Find it under the Fun & Games section of PBS.org under the post titled "No-Bake Play Dough Recipe."
The blog Non-Toxic Kids provides a recipe for super-bouncy play dough. Combine 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup corn starch and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat while stirring until the mixture thickens into a rubbery dough.