Saturday, July 7, 2012

Homemade Play Dough

Ok, I feel like everyone has done this. But you know what? I had to Google the recipe, which means I can't be the only person out there who hasn't done this before! 

We have Play Dough coming out of our ears here at my house. For her second birthday Miss M got a huge box of assorted Play Dough and we've probably used maybe 2 of the containers. BUT I really wanted to try this, and she's been going through the stuff really fast (she tears it into little pieces causing it to dry out really quickly), so we did it. Besides, it's super easy, quick, painless, and CHEAP!


1 c. flour

1 c. water

1/4 c. salt

1 T vegetable oil

2 tsp. cream of tartar

food coloring (just play around with it, we got a weird purple color with 6 drops of red and 4 drops of blue)

Dump it all in a pot and mix! Get it nice and blended together then pop it on the stove at medium heat for, I dunno, maybe 7 minutes? Stir, stir stir. 

It'll start to get chunky, that's a good sign. 

When it all combines into one big ball, turn off the heat and plop it onto wax paper or whatever you have laying around. 

Let it cool. (Otherwise engage your toddler!)

Give it a good knead and PLAY!

I don't have any cute attractive containers to put it in so I dumped out the quickly drying blue Play Dough and tore off a piece to put in there. I still had this huge ball left over which I stuck in a ziplock baggie and set aside for later! 

This stuff lasts forever, is super moist, easy to handle and makes great gifts! 


  1. Awesome! Perfect post to go along with my homemade fingerpaint today! :) I usually use Kool-Aid to color/"flavor" my playdough. I also make a peanut butter playdough... oh yes, that's right.... peanut butter playdough!

  2. WOW! I haven't done this either and I never would've guessed cream of tartar went in it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I guess it has something to do with the volume? Once upon a time I made meringue cookies and I still had some in the cabinet!


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