My daughters adore working with play dough.  My oldest is very creative and enjoys using her play dough to create elaborate dresses for her dolls or layered baked goods utilizing all the colors of the rainbow.  As much as she tries to accommodate her little sister, toddlers just don’t understand the concept of keeping colors *just* separate enough so as not to destroy them.  

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Using simple ingredients from our pantry, I was able to make a large batch of homemade play dough that made Lizzie a very, very happy girl.  Since she is STILL obsessed with Frozen, I even added a little extra bling {white glitter!} to the batch.  

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For this play dough recipe I used the following:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring if desired

Heat and stir all of the ingredients until it can’t be stirred and forms a ball.  It will still feel very sticky.  Allow the dough to cool thoroughly and then knead.  This is when I kneaded in white glitter for the “Elsa” effect.  Store it in a covered container or a ziploc baggie.  

More Recipes!

Another Play Dough

Mix:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • food coloring

Smooth Play Dough

Mix:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons of Alum
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • food coloring

Cloud Dough {like play dough, but more elastic}

Mix:

  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring