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Homemade Play Dough Recipes and How-To

Making homemade play dough is a fun and educational experience that brings hours of enjoyment. Here are your tips and recipes to get you started in the fun…

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Cream of tartar makes the play dough last longer, but this recipe skips it in case you don’t have any in your kitchen.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring

What to do:

Divide 1 cup of water between 4 bowls. 1/4 cup in each!

Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl, a few drops.

Add 1/2 Tablespoon of oil in each bowl (vegetable or canola).

Add your dry ingredients together in a separate mixing bowl.  (4 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of salt)

Mix dry ingredients together.

Now, put 1 cup of the dry mixture into each of the colors and stir.

Knead each on a cutting board until nice and smooth.

Store in ziplock bags and keep in the fridge to make play dough last longer.

Don’t forget to Kid Test!

And if you would rather try the cooked version…

DIY | Perfect Homemade Play Dough Recipe





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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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