Okay. I know everyone and their mom has a homemade play dough recipe (or five). I decided to post the one our family uses anyway for a couple reasons. 1) I’ve read that some people’s homemade play dough needs to be kept in the refrigerator or it will go “bad”. I honestly don’t even know what that means, because this stuff literally lasts forever as long as you store it in an airtight container. 2) One of the learning activities I plan to post about soon will include some play dough fun, which means I needed a fresh batch of our homemade play dough (since my daughter’s favorite activity is mixing all the colors together). I figured we might as well take some pictures. (Update: Educational post with play dough can be found here..)
This recipe comes from The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner. Unfortunately, it does need to be heated on the stove for a few minutes and then allowed to cool, but the extra time spent in preparation is worth it to me since I need to make new play dough so rarely. My oldest was never very into play dough. Even today when I asked him if he wanted to help mix the play dough he insisted on using a rolling pin rather than his hands. However, my 3 year old could play with this stuff for HOURS. We still buy her some store bought Play-Doh for her birthday and Christmas, because she loves all the colors, but it all ends up mixed together in the end anyway.
Time Required: ~1 hour (most of which is letting it cool before mixing)
Cost: Less than $1 per 2 cup batch.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- food coloring (I used about 15 drops per batch)
- 1 cup flour
Supplies & Tools:
- measuring cups
- measuring glass (for water)
- Mix together the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in the saucepan. (Everything except the flour.)
- Heat on the stove until most of the salt has dissolved.
- Stir in the flour with a spoon, then wait for it to cool a bit before kneading with your hands to get it smooth.
- Store the play dough in a Ziploc bag or other airtight container. It does not need to be refrigerated.
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