My Favorite Things: Homemade Play Dough

Next time there’s a snow day (or sick, rainy, “I’m bored” day), be prepared!  Keep the ingredients in your pantry and you’ll always have a project.

Homemade Play Dough
1c Flour
1Tbsp Oil
1c Water
1/2c Salt
2Tbsp Cream of Tartar
Food Coloring of Choice

Mix all ingredients except food coloring in a pot. Nonstick is preferable. Your children can help with this! Once the ingredients are combined, add food coloring. A little goes a long way. Place pot on medium heat, stirring constantly. Be sure that if you use a plastic spoon it is heavy duty. Wooden spoons will stain slightly from food coloring. Stir until mixture thickens and forms a ball. Turn play dough out onto aluminum foil, table, or parchment paper and knead to break up any clumps. Once it’s cool, play time begins!

Notes: Older children can initially help mix the dough on the stove.
Glitter, extracts, scented oils, etc. can be added to the dough
before it is cooked.

7 thoughts on “My Favorite Things: Homemade Play Dough

  1. Playdough is the best!! Being a teacher myself, I’ve made plenty!! It also can be a great built in lesson about mixing colors…Just make the recipe three times, red, blue, and yellow, and let the kids do the rest! For a follow up, get yourself some white icing and make the three colors again, using the food coloring) and let them mix with a popsicle stick and spread onto graham crackers!! Nothing like a sweet treat to follow playtime!!

  2. I love the frosting idea! Giving children time to use their hands to explore sensory materials is fantastic on so many levels. And children are far more willing to taste something they have helped to make! I’ve done color mixing with yellow eggs, blue food coloring and “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss!

  3. Thanks, Dana! It’s a cold day here in Boulder and Matthew is a little under the weather. This may be a great little pick-me-up! Off to get some cream of tartar!
    Allison =)

  4. It’s a snowy day, so Ashley and I made the play dough and love it! Is there a way to store it and reuse? Thanks!

  5. Hi Wendy,
    So glad you and Ashley are enjoying! You can store it in any air tight container or sealed bag like a Ziploc. It will get brittle or moldy when it’s time to toss it. Stay warm 🙂

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