My kids absolutely love Play-Doh. They could sit and make Play-Doh creations for hours – and have. Literally. They love to use cookie cutters/shape makers, etc and just create up a storm. The only issue is that Play-Doh dries up and gets crusty after a while.
When my son was in Kindergarten, his teacher sent home a recipe for “homemade” play-doh and asked each parent to make a batch & send it in. When I made her batch, I made one for myself, too and I loved it so much, I’ve been making it ever since.
It’s really simple to make and it lasts much longer than the stuff you buy in the stores. Plus, it will save you a bundle in the long-run if you’re like me and go through a lot of play-doh.
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (it’s in the spice section)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar. Then gradually stir in 1 cup of water, approximately1 teaspoon of food coloring, and your tablespoon of oil. Stir constantly for 3 – 5 minutes until the dough becomes “clumpy”. Once it’s ready, take it off the stove and let it cool for 15-30 minutes. After it’s cooled off, I usually kneed it a little to loosen it up before I let the kids go to town.
I keep it in a plastic container & I’ve found that as long as it’s stored properly, it lasts for quite a while. Much longer, in fact, than store bought Play-Doh (it just doesn’t have that yummy smell that real Play-Doh has).