Gingerbread Play-Dough

This is my favorite recipe for gingerbread play-dough.  It smells wonderful and provides the perfect play during our Gingerbread Boy unit.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tb. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Spices–Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves
Use Green and Red food coloring to make the dough brown (I like Wilton’s Brown Food Dye)

Directions:
1.  Mix the dry ingredients adding the spices until you get a good level of scent.
2.  Mix water and oil together and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir.
3.  In a pan, cook the mixture for three to five minutes on lowheat, stirring constantly.
4.  The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and stick together in a large ball.  I like to push the dough out and flat and let it cook.  It will look like it is too sticky.  Let it cook a bit.
5.  Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes smooth. (I like to mix it in my     Kitchen Aid with the bread hook.  I drop it in while it is still warm.  It makes it perfect!!!)
6.  Allow the dough to cool before using.  Store in an airtight container.