I am always looking for activities that are actually two activities in one to keep my preschooler entertained.  Home-made play dough is a perfect example.  Sure you can open a can of play dough, it is a classic activity that can keep kids entertained for a stretch of time.  BUT home made play dough is easy, convenient and inexpensive to make and best of all, making it becomes an activity in its self!

Microwave Play dough

Cooked play dough seems to develop the best texture, but many stovetop recipes are hard for kids to help with.  This recipe is great because kids can measure, dump and mix all the ingredients together, then they just need adult help for the microwaving part.

1 Cup Flour

½ Cup Salt

2 tsp Cream of Tarter

1 Cup Water

1 Tbs Cooking Oil

Food coloring (A few drops depending on the color you want)

*You can add a drop of vanilla extract or other flavor if you want a scent

Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl.

Add the oil and the food coloring to the water and then add to the dry ingredients.  Stir well

Microwave for 1 minute, stir and scrape sides.  Continue microwaving in 1 minute increments until the liquid is absorbed and dough pulls away from the side (3-4 minutes total).

Dump onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool.  Lets kids kneed the dough until a smooth texture develops.

Then start activity number two…playing with your play dough!  Store in a airtight container when you’re done and it will last for a while.