Whether your kids are back in school and you need a clever study help, or you’re looking for one more activity to keep them entertained in the last few days of summer, homemade playdough is a fun and easy solution.  It’s also nice to know that if your toddler pops a piece of homemade playdough in her mouth, it’s made from all edible ingredients.  (There are also fun recipes for peanut butter playdough that are actually designed to be eaten during play!) Anyway, here’s my favorite recipe using everyday food storage ingredients for fun.

play dough


2 c. flour

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 c. salt

2 c. water

2 Tbsp. oil

Mix dry ingredients well in a heavy pan.  Stir in water and oil. (If you want the play dough all one color, it is easiest to add the food coloring to the water and then mix into the dry ingredients.)  Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and dry.  This only takes a few minutes and may be lumpy. Dump the dough onto a table or cutting board and knead until soft and smooth. (If you haven’t added coloring yet, you can divide the dough now and knead different colors into it—this will stain your hands if you don’t wear gloves.) Now, let the kids play! You can also help kindergarten children master letters by having them form them out of play dough.  Fun and educational! Store dough in a plastic bag in the refrigerator when not in use.

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2 Comments to “Homemade Play Dough”

  1. Shelley says:

    The playdough recipe is great we have made a similiar one for
    years at our house. The only difference is add 1 tsp of Alison
    Pantry sweet vanilla powder to the flour. It makes the playdough smell great.

  2. Adam says:

    Its always interesting to see the amount of educational things you can come up with, with playdough.

    I make a similar playdough recipe but add 2 more tsp of cream of tartar and pour boiling water into the bowl, instead of using a saucepan.

    I was wondering about the peanut butter playdough recipe, I imagine they shouldn’t eat too much of it, if the salt content is as high as most other recipes.

    Thanks for posting.

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