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Homemade Play Dough

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I think I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that Oliver is really taken by play dough lately.

He loves to get out his “tools” so he can make different tracks or manipulate it in a different way.  He often says, “Mommy, I need a different tool!” so I’ll go digging through the drawers to find something new… cookie cutters, a fork, tongs … whatever he can easily handle and lets him play in a slightly different way.

But – and I’m pretty sure this is not just us – commercial play doh dries out quickly!  He might get four or five uses out of it before it is not as soft and hard for him to work with.  Adding a few drops of water helps but it never returns to the same consistency again.

So I decided to try my own.  I googled ‘best play dough recipe’ and came to this one.  My first reaction was that having to cook it on the stove was more work than I wanted to put into it (must have been having a lazy moment) but it was well worth it.  It only takes a few minutes, a few ingredients, a bit of coloring and you have play dough that is a really great consistency and will apparently last for a long time (we’ll comment on that down the road)!

So far I’m impressed with it and Oliver has no complaints!


3 cups flour

1 cup salt  (I reduced this based on a reader’s comment and it turned out fine)

3 cups water

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp cream of tartar

Food coloring for color.



Mix all ingredients (except food coloring) in a large saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and gets too thick to stir.  You’ll know.

Remove from heat and let cool until you can handle it.  Place on counter, add food coloring, and knead until smooth.

Store in an air-tight container.

Oliver’s figuring out the tongs here.

Here he’s using a ravioli cutter – it makes a neat wavy track.  

And this is a dinosaur!  Rawr!  


Author: furrychocolates

30-something living in New Brunswick, Canada. Married with two adorable boys, piano player and teacher, curler, and enjoy all types of sewing and crafting.

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