Homemade (Easy!) Play Dough

This recipe is a favorite of mine because you throw everything into a pan, stir over medium heat, and boom… you have Play Dough.

This allows my 2.5 year old to help measure and dump the ingredients while the pan is cool, and then stir the ingredients while the pan is hot. My attention can be 100% on him during the “heat” portion of the recipe (nothing else has to get added) and he can watch his Play Dough go from a liquid to a solid!

Most of these ingredients are staples found in the pantry, and I ordered the cream of tartar & food coloring off of Amazon. The food coloring is not necessary, you can always go without and have some “all-natural” white Play Dough.

Easy Play Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Easy Play Dough Directions

  1. In a large pan mix all of the ingredients (minus food coloring) together.
  2. Place the large pan over medium heat and continue to stir the mixture continuously. After a few minutes over the heat, it will start to thicken.
  3. When the mixture is the consistency of dough (it’ll pull off the sides of the pan), pull it out and kneed for 30 seconds to a minute on the counter.
  4. (optional) Add food coloring. I recommend experimenting since every type of food coloring is unique! Start off with a little at first, then add more for richer and deeper color. You’ll need to continue to kneed the dough to spread the color throughout.

That’s it! This Play Dough is soft and pliable, and you get a LOT for a low spend. Depending on the day, sometimes we will split the dough into 2 (or more) sections after step 3 and add different colors to get 2-4 colors from one batch.

Thank goodness for easy recipes.

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