I confess that this is the first time I have ever made play dough, which seems strange for a thrifty mom. But the commercial stuff seemed to always appear in our house through party favors, grandparents, and teachers, so I never needed to make it.
I must say, play dough is a great way to get kids in the kitchen. There's very little cooking involved, but there's fun measuring and mixing and then, the payoff, lots of cookie cutter and rolling pin play with the final product.
Also, Genevieve got to use the food coloring which is banished from our everyday food (and water - my kids would dearly love to drink colored water) and hides timidly in the cupboard for birthday icing.
We laughed ourselves silly over the crime scene face.
I can't find the precise recipe we used, but it seemed fairly standard after I had looked several up (and note: alum and cream of tartar can be used interchangeably as the preservative that keeps the dough soft). I even came across edible play dough recipes. Maybe that will be the next snow day project.