I know, I know...she says I'm "that mom"...
But I think it's fun to do these things and it's the little things that I can contribute to my son's preschool classroom.
So I like to make play dough.
Here's how I do it:
Get all the stuff together:
You need: 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 4 cups water, 4 tablespoons oil, and 1/2 cup cream of tartar. Plus one packet of koolaid for color and scent. Pick a nice simple bright color. The grape is not really purple enough, imho.
Put it all together into a saucepan. Cook and stir pretty frequently over medium-low heat until it starts to form together. It will seem to take a long time to get there. Stick with it. You didn't do anything wrong!
It will start to come together and then just keep stirring.
Until you can squish it between your fingers and it's no longer sticky, but formed into playdough consistency.
Then cool and put in a ziploc bag. If you store in the fridge it will last longer -- a long time depending on how many kids play with it and sneeze on it...
At our pre-school's Purim Carnival, they have a play-dough room. Each kid gets a small bagfull of the stuff to play with and then take home. Great idea!
See what works for other people...