Simple Homemade Play Dough

Homemade Play Dough | Twin Cities Moms Blog

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!

Homemade Play Dough | Twin Cities Moms Blog

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.

Hi friends, it’s Melissa here! Wife to one pretty stinking great guy and mama to three kids that bring me more joy, love and caffeine cravings than I knew was humanly possible! I love a good workout, broken in clothes and Autumn. But being in the kitchen with my kiddos trumps it all; creating, exploring and getting messy. I believe there is an infinite amount of value in sharing a meal around the table with the people we love, and I hope I can keep that a constant in our home forever. Most of the time you can find me blogging over at, and I’m thrilled to be back here connecting with all of you at TCMB!


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