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Easy to Make Recipe: Homemade Play Dough

Sydney Spence enjoys trying to new recipes and sharing her own family recipes with others.


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Kids love play dough.

There is something about making things with their own two little hands that makes them so happy.

Try this recipe for homemade play dough that can be used over and over again (as long as you keep it properly stored).


  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Cream of Tarter
  • 2 Drops Food Coloring, if desired


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. Cook and stir over low to medium heat until dough is completely formed and no longer sticky.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before storing in airtight container or large ziploc bag.
  4. Add food coloring to dough to make the color you desire.
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Tip for Cream of Tartar Substitution

The secret ingredient here is cream of tartar. This makes the recipe not grainy and keeps for a long time. If you are unable to buy this much cream of tartar, you can use one part baking soda and one part baking powder for the tartar.


To store the homemade play dough simply use a container that has an air tight lid or use a gallon size Ziploc bag.

As long as you store it properly, the play dough will last longer and not dry out.

By using Ziploc bags makes it easier for transport to grandma's house or to the park!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Sydney Spence


Julie on February 25, 2013:

With a three month old newborn now at home, it may be just a tad too early to begin allowing him to play with play dough, but I'm definitely adding this recipe to my arsenal for when that time comes. I know I loved it as a child, and I'm sure he will. What kid doesn't love play dough? Thanks for the great hub!

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