Homemade Play Dough

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I learned to make play dough way back in high school, early childhood education class.  It takes only a couple of minutes to make a whole load of it, AND it costs pennies!  You don’t have to worry about the children putting it in their mouths, because you know everything that is in it.  It lasts a long time, and when it gets left out, you don’t worry at all because it’s so easy and economical to make another batch.  Clean up is super easy, even on carpet.  Just take a wad of it and use it to press into little bitty pieces that are strung all over the floor, like magic!  I made this recipe with Sunday School classes, at day care, when I babysat, and  then, endless batches for my own children.  Thank you Mrs. Whittaker!!!!!!

To make up a batch you will need some flour, a little cream of tartar, salt, oil and water.  Oh, and food coloring. That’s it!

Mix up the flour, salt and cream of tarter in a saucepan. Add cooking oil and water. Mix over medium heat while stirring until the mixture forms a ball.

You can add the food coloring with the water to make a large batch of a single color, OR you can make a large batch, then divide it up.  Form each piece into a ball.  Make a thumbprint in each ball.  Add a few drops of food coloring to each thumbprint.  Fold the play dough around the food coloring and carefully knead until the food coloring is worked all the way through.  The kids love this step!

Homemade Play Dough
Recipe Type: Kid fun
Author: Joy Racicot
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Serves: 4 balls
  • 1/2 C salt
  • 1 C flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 TBSP cooking oil (I use grapeseed oil)
  • food coloring
  1. mix dry ingredients in a saucepan. measure all liquid ingredients into a separate bowl. turn heat to medium. add liquid ingredients and mix until a ball forms. remove from heat and knead. add food coloring now, if you haven’t all ready. store in a covered plastic container.



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