DIY Play Dough

I’ve always been a fan of play dough- in my mind, you’re never too old to play with it!  If you or your little ones like play dough as much as I do, you’re going to love this easy tutorial for making your own.  I found this recipe on, and it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.  Not only will it be fun to play with, but there is also added enjoyment in the process of actually making the play dough.  Follow these 5 easy steps and have fun!

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1½ tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups water
Food coloring
Soup pot
Wooden spoon

Step 1: Pour the ingredients one by one into a large soup pot.

Step 2: Mix them together with the wooden spoon, over medium heat, on the stove. Stir the ingredients constantly. Definitely encourage children to mix and have fun, but stay close while they are at the stove.

Step 3: The play dough will begin to form while you stir, and as it thickens up, just keep going. As soon as the majority of the mixture begins to clump to the spoon and peel away from the sides of the pot, give it one last stir, then remove it from the heat.

Step 4: Turn the dough onto a floured work surface, and let it cool for at least 3 minutes. Make sure the dough isn’t hot in the center, and then begin to work it. Knead the dough over and over, for at least 2 minutes. Add a few drops of food coloring, and knead the color in.

Step 5: Have fun making sculptures, shapes, and playing with any fun kitchen tools you have around. Store the play dough in a zip-lock bag, and you can use it for the rest of the week.

What’s your favorite thing to sculpt out of play dough?