Saturday, October 3, 2009

Homemade Play Dough

I had totally forgotten how wonderful play dough is for kids. This one ball of dough kept my two-year-old busy for an hour and a half....seriously 90 MINUTES. For the child who can't finish reading a 10 page book, this was a fantastic activity!

This recipe came from my family cookbook, and I let my son "help" with the stirring. He stirred and stirred and kneaded and kneaded until he got those dried up play dough crusties all over his cute little hands.

Homemade Play Dough

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 package unsweetened drink mix (kool-aid) or food coloring (I used a package of Cherry Kool-aid)
1 3/4 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients.

Pour in boiling water and oil (if using food coloring, add it with the water).

Mix until cool. As it cools, the consistency will come together. Knead.

Store in a closed container, and be prepared to pull it out everyday!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 


  1. I love this idea! I don't have any kids yet, but this would work great for to replace the Cranium game clay that is too hard to use anymore. Thanks for the idea and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. That is such a fun idea, Does this play dough dry out faster?

  3. @family cookbook - I haven't noticed it drying out any faster than store-bought Play Dough, and I've had it out almost everyday for a week!