3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
scant 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups hot water
Mix three cups of flour together with the salt and cream of tartar in the bowl of your stand-type mixer. Add the oil and water and knead with a dough hook in your electric stand-type mixer for five to six minutes. (If you are kneading by hand, knead for eight to ten minutes.) Add more flour to get a soft, workable dough.
Store the dough in a sealed container to keep it from becoming dry. If it becomes too dry, place it back in the mixer bowl and knead in a dribble of water.
Throw a rolling pin (Pampered Chef pin is perfect for the little hands), some cookie cutters and plastic plates on the table and the kids have a blast. It looks like they're just playing, but they're actually learning motor skills and coordination and all kinds of other good stuff.