Does your kiddo love this stuff as much as mine? She begs for me to bring it out on a daily basis and it makes for the best rainy day activity. I have always loved the play dough they use at our ECFE school….it’s the softest, squishiest, best-for-rolling play dough ever…and they were kind enough to share the recipe with me. Making your own play dough is so incredibly simple and inexpensive, and I love getting my 2 year old daughter, Georgia, involved. I always feel so good about showing her how to work to get what she wants and an activity as simple as making our own play dough is a great way to do that. So break out the cookie cutters and rolling pins…your littles will be entertained for hours!
Simple Homemade Play Dough
Notes: This recipe makes a ton of dough…I typically make four different colors out of each batch.
4 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Salt
1 (1.5 ounce) Container Cream of Tartar
4 3/4 Cups Hot Tap Water
1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Vegetable or Canola Oil
Food Coloring, to liking
In a large pot stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add the water and oil and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Continue to stir until it comes away from the pan and begins to form a ball (it will be lumpy). Spoon play dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for 2 minutes or until there are no longer lumps and dough is soft and can easily squish through your fingers.. Place in a plastic bag to store.
If you are only making one color: Add the food coloring to the pot with the water and oil
If you are making multiple colors: After the dough forms a ball, divide it among separate bowls. Drip a different color into each bowl and stir with a spoon until the color begins to blend, about 1 minute. Place on the lightly floured surface and knead with your hands to throughly blend the color.