Here is an easy and quick play dough recipe that my family has used for years. Download the printable recipe to keep in your file or give to parents.
I ate play dough when I was a kid. I can’t say that it tasted good, but there was just something about the saltiness. Sometimes I snuck a little nibble when my mom left the kitchen.
Yes…I was a WEIRD KID!
Mom made everything from scratch… and that included homemade play dough. I LOVED squishing it between my fingers when it was still warm.
I don’t eat playdough anymore, but I still use that same recipe that Mom used years ago.
The recipe is really quick and easy. Yes, you need to heat the mixture up on your stovetop, but I actually find that doing this is quicker than using the recipes that require you to boil water in the microwave.
This mixture is pretty forgiving too. Sometimes I halve the recipe and approximate the measurements and it still comes out fine.
Here is what you need to make your own batch of DIY play dough.
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 5 Tbsp cream of tartar
- 3 cups water
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- food coloring
How to Make the Play Dough
- Add the first 5 ingredients to a large pot. Stir them up and heat the pot over medium heat.
- As you are mixing everything together, mix in your food coloring a few drops at a time until you get the desired color.
- The mixture will look like a wet, globby mess and you will think that you messed it up. Keep stirring it over the heat and it will soon start to thicken.
- Remove it from the heat when the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pot.
- Place the ball on a lightly floured cutting board or cookie sheet and carefully knead the ball of play dough until it is smooth.
- I always recommend adding the food coloring while the ingredients are wet because it is easier to mix it in.
- Use a silicone spatula to stir the mixture. It will help you pull the thicken mixture away from the side and bottom as you stir.
- When the play dough is cool, store in an airtight container. It should keep for several weeks.
- If you make this frequently, you can save money by purchasing a large bag of cream of tartar. Check the affiliate links at the bottom to see what I purchased.
Play with the Play Dough
Now get out the rolling pin, cookie cutters, and other tools and your kids will have a blast. If you get a little curious like my three-year-old self and feel the need to taste the play dough, you can see that the ingredients won’t hurt you.
Download the Recipe
I hope that you enjoy the soft product that results from this quick play dough recipe. Stay tuned and I will share lots of mix-ins and ideas that you can try as well. Do you want a printable recipe to keep in your recipe file or to give to parents? Click below to download the recipe.
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