Homemade Play Dough

4 Jan

The other day I whipped up a batch of this homemade play dough for my little guy in just a few minutes. I had all the ingredients on hand to make it, which was nice. I rolled it out on a cookie sheet, and set it on the kitchen floor. I let him play with my cookie cutters in the play dough, and he loved it. It was so easy to make! I stored it in an airtight Ziploc container, and it has remained moist for several weeks now.

Homemade play dough
source: the imagination tree

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbl vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tbl cream of tartar
up to 1 1/2 cups boiling water (add until it feels right)
food coloring (optional)
few drops of glycerine (optional) I didn’t use this

Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a larger mixing bowl. Add the boiling water. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough. Add the food coloring and glycerine if using. Allow it to cool down, then take it out of the bowl and knead vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness is gone. If it remains sticky, add a touch of flour until just right.

**I read a tip to put the food coloring in with the boiling water so it’s easier to combine with the dough…I might try that next time!

play dough

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One Response to “Homemade Play Dough”

  1. Jane March 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    I don’t like using food dye, so I often boil beets for purple, leafy stuff for greens etc. I will try this on my son though – hopefully he will like to mold the dough and cook with me!

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