Jul 282011

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.


Play-Doh Recipe:

  • 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).

  16 Responses to “Homemade Play-Doh”

  1. I add a packet of sugar-free Kool-Aid to my mix and it smells WONDERFUL!!!

  2. I love the smell of Play-Doh! Ha ha

  3. I wonder….if you added a smidge of, say, almond extract or an essential oil if you could scent them as you please??

  4. Not to mention it is free of whatever junk they actually put in play doh. You know if they eat this stuff it won’t hurt them…actual play doh on the other, not so sure! I will be making this for my daughter once she is a bit older. Great recipes! 🙂

  5. What a great recipe, ill be making this for Willow this weekend!

  6. Great recipe. Gave you a stumble. Is it OK to share on my site (with a link back of course)?

  7. I love how you assume we don’t know what cream of tarter is.

    • I love how you make that snarky remark yet you misspelled “TARTAR”

      • Actually, smarty pants, that’s how it’s spelled when referring to the spice Cream of Tartar. Nice try, but I’m right. Like usual.

        • Nooo, Mike was on your side!

          Good post. Would it work to add glitter, do you think? (I don’t know why I am even asking, it will be a cold day in hell when I’m sufficiently organized to purchase glitter)

  8. I know I was talking to the guy above me who said “tarter”

  9. I’m stuck inside today with my 2.5 year old and really wanted to make this – however I don’t have any cream of tartar in the house. Is there something that would work as a substitute?

    • I heard that half baking soda and half baking powder would work, but I’ve never actually tried it, so I am not sure how it works. If you try it, let me know 🙂

  10. great recipe, it looks easy, I like easy…. 🙂

  11. Thanks so much, going to make it for the grandkids when I babysit! I’ll have to bring my own supplies though… (used to make this for my own girls when they were little)

  12. Glitter works, but it will stick to the table and hands, sometimes gets rubbed into eyeys then. Essential oils work well in it too. I have used orange in the past and the kids love it