Since the dough sits outside ALL morning (from 7:00am until past noon), we need a super soft and long lasting playdough.
To be honest, I thought all playdough recipes were 'created equal', but after several disastrous
"Googled" recipe attempts, I finally asked the teachers at my school which recipe they use.
Here is the one they recommend and we use it VERY successfully outdoors. It will last over a week or so under the outdoor conditions mentioned above and it will last for several weeks in the classroom!
5 cups flour
5 cups water
3 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup salt
1/2 cup oil
Add food coloring, spices, or extracts as desired to enhance color and smell. You can also add glitter, fairy dust, or other mediums such as sand to add texture.
Mix all ingredients in a large pot. Heat on medium, stirring until a soft dough forms. Remove from heat and let cool.