In a non-stick saucepan, whisk all the dry ingredients: flour, spices, and cream of tartar.
Stir in water, oil, and maple syrup until it forms a consistent paste.
Bring to medium heat and cook the playdough, stirring constantly, increasing heat if needed until the dough clumps up and form a ball that unsticks from the side of the pan.
When the dough comes together, stop heat, transfer to a floured surface and knead until soft and easy to play with.
If the dough is too sticky, dust 1 extra tablespoon of flour and vigorously knead on a for 1 minute. As the dough cools down and absorbs the extra flour, it becomes super soft and less sticky.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.