Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Quick Tip: Homemade Play Dough

Play dough is one of our favorite things and homemade play dough is usually what we use. As a reminder, here's how to make it:
  • In one bowl, mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar.
  • In other bowl, mix 1 tablespoon cooking oil and 1 cup water. (If you want colored play dough, add several drops of food color, too.)
  • Combine dry mixture and wet mixture. Stir thoroughly.
  • Pour mixture into stick-resistant pan. Stir constantly over low heat until dough forms and pulls away from pan (about 3 minutes).
  • Knead dough until smooth. (Watch it! It will stay very warm.) Usually I knead on a piece of waxed paper or a plastic cutting board.
  • Cool the dough and store in airtight container or bag.
Other ideas:

Make it with the kids. Take an electric skillet and ingredients to the classroom.

Create surprise play dough. Make white play dough. Form into small balls. Make a hole in each ball and add a few drops of food color; seal the hole. Give dough to kids to knead and watch the dough turn from white to a color.

Enjoy fall play dough. Use red and yellow food color to make orange dough. Add 2-3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to the dry ingredients to give your play dough a fall scent.


  1. Play dough is the best Scott! We have another great recipe which doesn't involve cooking ... just hot water. You can make this one with the children as long as you do the hot water bit! We've been making this recipe adding a scoop of paint instead of food colouring. It starts off a little sticky due to the extra fluid but after the children play around with it it lasts for weeks!!

    Oh and here's one for a bread machine! It will only last 4 or 5 days but it's great for those children who insist on eating it because it doesn't contain salt.

    Donna :) :)

  2. Thanks for your recipes :). We have a similar one, and we make ours in the microwave instead of on the stove top. Cook for 3 minutes, stir and then cook for 1 minute at a time stirring, cooking, until it is done. The children like to push the buttons on the microwave and count down the time!