So, I’ve been wanting to use up the food coloring that’s in my house while also finding some things for my kids to play with in the heat. Honestly, I hate play dough, but kids love it… I figured I’m a lot better off with homemade stuff, it smells better and if one of the little ones eats it, at least it’s edible.
Take a medium sized bowl and put in 1 1/2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups salt and 3 tablespoons of a vegetable oil. Mix up and gradually add 3 cups of flour and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. You may want to add a little more flour, but err on the side of too little.
Now for the really messy part. The recipes I found all said to add the food coloring to the water initially, but I wanted 4 colors and not a huge batch of one color. So I separated it into 4 parts and added 8-10 drops of food coloring to each section and mixed by hand. It’s a little more difficult this way, but once you get it mostly mixed you can let your kids go to town with it. I found it mixed up just fine after a few minutes.
Find some containers to keep it in (I used small mixed nut cans) and voila!