What do you do when you have an antsy toddler and feel like making cookies but still have 10 lbs of baby weight to lose? Make play dough! I’m sure all the ingredients are already in your pantry.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional – increases elasticity)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • food coloring

Throw all ingredients except food coloring into a pot over medium heat. Kind of like a roux, no? Actually this reminds me of making cream puffs. Yummy.

Stir until it forms a dough that pulls away from the sides.

Cool and add food coloring.