DIY Play dough

October 9, 2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool | 3 Comments
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Many websites have recipes for play dough- I have tried a few and like this one best.  In my opinion, it has the same consistency as the real thing.  The same recipe is on several websites – I have no idea where it came from originally.  Aside from the obvious crafty fun and educational benefits, rolling and cutting play dough is good practice for rolling and cutting cookie dough.  Once your child masters even rolling in play dough you can move on to the real stuff.  🙂

Play dough:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.)
1 cup warm water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan, adding the oil and water last.  Put over medium heat, and continue to stir until you have a dough ball (approx. 3-4 minutes.)  Continue cooking for an additional minute or two until the dough is no longer sticky.  Remove from heat, and drop onto a counter/cutting board/ etc to cool.  Knead for a minute or two once its cool enough before giving it to the kids.  Store in an airtight container, or zip lock bag.  (Airtight containers work better.)

You can mix in some food coloring with the water- it takes a good bit to get the same brilliant colors as real play dough.  When I used the liquid food dyes my dough was pastel colored.  Or, mix in gel food colorings as you knead the dough to get brilliant colors (like pictured.) Cover your counter; and your hands will be dyed for around a day (so do it one day when you don’t have to go out.)  🙂   I divided one batch in half to make 2 colors – so my photo has 2 batches.  Each color fit perfectly in the small screw-top containers for packing liquids in lunches – I think they hold a cup each.  So I am assuming that this recipe yields just under 2 cups of play dough.

If the dough starts to dry out, a few drops of water can be kneaded in to soften it as needed.

Homemade Playdough

Play dough:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.)
1 cup warm water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan, adding the oil and water last.  Put over medium heat, and continue to stir until you have a dough ball (approx. 3-4 minutes.)  Continue cooking for an additional minute or two until the dough is no longer sticky.  Remove from heat, and drop onto a counter/cutting board/ etc to cool.  Knead for a minute or two once its cool enough before giving it to the kids.  Store in an airtight container, or zip lock bag.  (Airtight containers work better.)

You can mix in some food coloring with the water- it takes a good bit to get the same brilliant colors as real play dough.  When I used the liquid food dyes my dough was pastel colored.  Or, mix in gel food colorings as you knead the dough to get brilliant colors (like pictured.) Cover your counter; and your hands will be dyed for around a day (so do it one day when you don’t have to go out.)

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  1. Those are fantastic colors! It looks like the brand name stuff. I’ve never made play dough nor do we play with it much. I never thought about the benefits of teaching things for kitchen practice such as rolling dough. Great idea 🙂

  2. Can you omit the cream of tartar or replace it with baking powder or soda? Is it really necessary it is the only ingredient I don’t have here in the kitchen.

    • The cream of tartar makes it smell like playdough, and I think it makes it smoother. But you could try it without the cream of tartar 🙂


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