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Homemade Play Dough

My grand-daughter loves to make things with play dough. But we didn’t want to go buy another package of the stuff. Went to the internet and found this great and much cheaper recipe. We made the recipe 3 different times to get 3 colors. The paste food coloring made the best colors. Remember you can make primary colors and then knead together to make other colors. (Red and yellow make orange, etc.) We read that adding the coloring separately to the dough after it kneads together works but will get the color all over your hands. We didn’t use the glycerin, but it is supposed to be available in the pharmacy department.

We also saw recipes using a package of Kool-Aid for the color and it made the dough smell good too, but we worried that the kids would want to then eat it. If your child eats the dough, it will taste awful but won’t hurt them.

Homemade Play Dough

• 1 Cup all-purpose Flour
• 1 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
• 1 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
• 1/2 Cup Salt
• food coloring of choice
• 1 Cup boiling water
• Few drops glycerin (optional- adds more shine!)


• Mix the flour, cream of tartar, salt, oil and the coloring into a large mixing bowl, use the bread hook attachment.
• Add the boiling water. (boiling helps to dissolve the salt)
• Mix to combine.
• Add the glycerin, if using
• Stir with the dough hook continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined into a ball.
• Let cool for about 15 minutes.
• Knead with the dough hook until smooth and not sticky. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep kneading until it’s the perfect consistency!*
• If it remains a little sticky then add more flour until just right.

You can store this play dough in an air tight container in the refrigerator for at least 3 months. You can also add glitter to the dough for more fun options. Black and Red were almost impossible to get, gray and pink were all we could get to.

My friend’s child has to be Gluten Free, and he was sad because he could NOT play with Play dough because it contains flour. Once again the internet is amazing. We found this awesome recipe and spent the afternoon making fun creations. We made GF play dough. We replace the all-purpose flour with ½ Cup Gluten Free Flour and ½ Cup Cornstarch or Arrowroot. We had a blast making this! It was a great snow day activity, even if we didn’t get much snow.