DIY: homemade play dough

22 Sep DIY: homemade play dough


The high temperature crept back up to 110 on Monday, so I was desperate to find some fun indoor activities to keep us all busy (and sane). One of my favorite standbys is play dough. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, it keeps the toddler busy for hours, and you can store it in the fridge for about a week.

Here’s the recipe (this makes a huge batch, so you can divide it up and make several colors):

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup salt
6 teaspoons cream of tartar
3 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)
3 1/4 cups boiling water

Put all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix them thoroughly. Then, slowly mix in the oil and the boiling water and stir until dough forms. Once it’s mixed and cools a bit, you can knead the dough and add more water if necessary.

For coloring, I like to use spices. I used a few teaspoons of paprika to make the orange. Curry makes a nice yellow. You can also use spinach or beet juice for greens and pinks/reds. I kept some white, and I used just a couple drops of blue food coloring to make the turquoise.

I set B up with cookie cutters and a nice surface to work, and she went at it.

Of course, you have to supervise the kids….I left the room to refill my coffee and when I came back, this is what I found:

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