Homemade Play-dough

Homemade Play-dough

Our family is always looking for two things: things we can create with our hands…and things we can play with our hands. We are a “handsy” family, hence the “Fidgets” in Fidgets and Fries. I grew tired of buying play-doh every five minutes, so I wondered if there were a way we could make it at home, so I would have to keep leaving my house to buy more. A quick internet search yielded plenty of results but this is the one that we like the best, I forgot where I found it but we have used this one so many times. It only involves five ingredients, six if you use food coloring, which I strongly recommend you do. Who wants to play with just white dough? Not I, that’s boring.

This recipe is simply enough for you to have your little ones help you with it.

You can also add glitter or play around with some other additions to your play-dough. We don’t usually use glitter because it’s messy, but it makes the play-dough pretty. And if you like pretty dough, glitters the way to go. #Bars.

What you need:

2 cups flour

3/4 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups lukewarm water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or coconut oil)

Optional: Food coloring (remember plain old white dough is BORING, do it for the kids…and your reputation as “cool parent)


  1. stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar in large pot. Add water and oil. if adding food coloring, stir in the color now (ONLY if you are just making one solid colored batch, if you want different color batches, then hold off on the food coloring).
  2. cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. dough will thicken and starts to form a ball. remove from heat and put into bowl, gallon sized bag, or wax paper.
  3. allow slightly and then knead until it’s smooth. if you wanted to make separate color batches, then divide the dough into however many colors you want to use. add your drops of color into the dough balls and place inside zip lock bag, and knead while in the bag so you do not get your hands all dirty.
  4. when it’s all mixed together, it’s ready to be played with.
  5. this dough can last up to three months if stored properly in zip lock bags, but we aren’t the best at storing properly, so our batches last about a month or so.


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