I am not reinventing the wheel here-
This is a perfect rainy day (in my case) / snowy day (perhaps in yours?) project.
It takes less than twenty minutes to make and I have seen both monkeys and adults alike, spend hours playing with this-
We used food coloring, counting the drops and experimenting with color intensity-
Great opportunity to talk about primary and secondary colors-
Questions to consider while creating:
What measurements are we using to make the dough? Which is the tablespoon? Which is the cup?
What combination of colors would you use to make this color?
What materials (medium) are we using to create?
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)
The recipe to yield six big balls-
flour- 4 cups
warm water- 4 cups
salt- one cup
creme tartar- 2 tablespoons
Oil- 2 tablespoons
This is the easy part: Mix all together in a handled pot and stir over medium heat for about ten minutes-
constantly stirring- don't stop!
Then toss it into a metal mixing bowl with flour on the bottom and as soon as it cools enough to separate knead each piece with a bit of flour until you get the consistency you desire. Then add color.
If you have pets you need to be careful that they don't eat this- because of the salt in the dough they mistake it for people food and obviously it could make them sick =:(