The Best Play Dough (easy homemade playdough)

A super quick and easy recipe for homemade play dough, you can make in 5 minutes for a few dollars, that lasts for months! 

This recipe is super soft and squish, great for sensory play. You can use it with cookie cutters, plastic utensils or a pizza cutter, roll it with a rolling pin or toilet paper roll, mold it into fun shapes, even stamp it with blocks and toys you already have.

It is the best indoor activity for kids to use their imagination, fine motor sills and learn through play! My daughter loves mixing the colors and making all different kinds or shapes and "worms".

I make this on the stovetop because the heat kills any bacteria in the raw flour, just in case any gets ingested, but you can also make it in a bowl and boil the water before adding it and mixing everything together. 

The Best Play Dough

Yield: 1 large ball (recipe easily multiplies as needed) 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5-10 drops food coloring
  • optional (2 tablespoons glitter)

In a medium saucepan, stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add the water, oil and food coloring. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until the dough has thickened and starts to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a bowl, gallon sized bag or onto wax paper.

Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth (knead in glitter if using). If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together, you’re ready to PLAY.

Store the play dough inside the bags to keep soft. If stored properly it will keep soft for up to 3 months.

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