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Play Dough

If you were hoping to find a recipe to make for supper tonight...this is not it...unless you have some little ones joining you and you need an activity to keep them busy. When our grandchildren come over we like to make play dough together. I remember making it with my mom and having so much fun creating. This is also a great gift idea. Purchase some airtight containers and add some shapes and rollers. The kids love it!
Sometimes after a family meal the adults want to keep visiting at the table, so I pull out a little plastic cutting board, small cutters and pay dough for the kids. It keeps them really happy at the table...and the adults usually will join in the fun of creating.
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups water
  • food colouring
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pot, and stir well.
  2. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until it begins to form a ball and becomes stiff.
  3. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator.

Home made play dough has a softer and smoother texture than purchased play dough.
and will keep well for up to a month.
Pull out your cookie cutters, child sized kitchen bake ware and other shapes and rollers,
and let the kids have fun.


  1. We make this frequently - but without the tartar (still lasts forever, unless it dries out!) but we use Kool-aid for the coloring...also makes it smell WONDERFUL!!!

  2. This brings back such good memories of making this for my daughters. Now I should make it again with my little grandsons. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

  3. Add some vanilla or lemon extract to make it smell good! I used to make this for my daughter....

  4. I usually substitute baby oil for the oil you mentioned, this makes the hands super soft dispite the salt. I can relate to the adults joining in with the play...I'm a mom and I still enjoy playing with play dough :>)

  5. Too funny we just made a huge batch with different colors this past weekend!

  6. how fun and I love all the comment hints grammies can keep learning new tricks too.

  7. Kathy, I like your pictures! Bright and fun! I can imagine the kids having fun modelling ... or being models?

  8. We make this playdough and we like it so much better than the store bought kind. First of because there's a lot more of it and second because it's a better texture. My kids did complain about the smell when we first started making this stuff but now I add a few drops of lavender oil to the mix and it smells so good!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful play dough recipe! I'm printing it out to make it with my grandson someday.

  10. any ideas for how to make it without flour?? I watch a little one sometimes whose allergies to wheat and corn are so severe, he can't even handle the flour with his hands.

  11. Great post with fun pictures! I work with young children and have used many play dough recipes -this is my favorite! Another tip: After kneeding it, pour a tsp or two of oil in your hands and work it into the play dough ball. It takes out any stickiness and is a wonderful texture. I like the baby oil idea - have to try that! Star of anise extract smells lovely too!

  12. April, sorry, I don't know how to make it without flour. Allergies are so hard on little ones.
    Thanks to all of you who gave some extra tips for making play dough. I enjoy learning from you. Kathy (MGCC)

  13. April: my kids make an edible peanut butter playdough....if he's not allergic to any of the ingredients, this might be an option?

    about 18 oz. of peanut butter
    about 6 tbsp. of honey
    about 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk

    Mix all ingredients well. Add powdered milk until the playdough is workable with your hands. This is a fun recipe for kids to play with and certainly has a yummy taste. Optional: Use raisins, nuts, or candy to decorate. Don't forget to eat!

    Please make sure your hands are clean during this project for sanitary purposes!

  14. we have made this a bunch of times. you can even add kool aid for smell. we never put ours in the fridge


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