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How to make your own play dough

September 20th, 2006

Play DoughMy kids love play dough. It provides hours of entertainment and it’s excellent for developing their gross motor skills. With this in mind, why not try making your own? It is something fun that you and the kids can do together (maybe on a rainy day).


Here is the recipe.

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. cooking oil
food coloring

In a saucepan, mix dry ingredients. Add oil, water, and food coloring. Cook three minutes over medium/low heat, or until mixture pulls away from sides of pan. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. It should last a long time.

Applesaucekids.com has a handful of variations on this recipe, some are even edible.

And here are some ideas for your play dough.

  • Add cinnamon or peppermint extract to give the play dough a nice scent.
  • Give it as a birthday gift or party favor along with the recipe, a child size rolling pin, and some cookie cutters.
  • Make a larger batch (by doubling or quadrupling the recipe) to have as a birthday party activity.

However you decide to make it, the end result is always the same: kids having hours of fun.

Entry Filed under: Arts & Crafts