Homemade Play Dough Recipe


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  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup of salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, olive, avocado, etc - any liquid oil should work)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Optional: food coloring or natural colors
  • Optional: tea or spices for texture and scent
  • Optional: essential oils

Tools needed: pot or mixer, parchment paper, plastic baggies, gloves, measuring cups, spatula or wooden spoon

Makes roughly 32 oz of playdough 
Stovetop cooking method: 
Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients to pot. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until dough ball forms. Using caution, test for doneness - when dough no longer sticks to your finger it is ready! Place on parchment paper to cool. Knead thoroughly. 

Mixer cooking method: Add flour, cream of tartar and oil to mixing bowl. Boil water and add salt to dissolve. Add salt water to mixing bowl and mix until combined (speed 1/2). Place on parchment paper to cool. Knead thoroughly. 

To color: Use gloves and place dough in a plastic baggie to avoid staining your hands. Divide dough into equal portions and add a few drops of coloring to each. Knead thoroughly. Continue adding a few drops at a time and kneading to achieve your desired shade. Add any glitter, tea, or oils at the end! 

Storage: Always play with clean, dry hands. Store homemade playdough in an airtight container.