We LOVE play dough in our house. It is so versatile and provides so many easy play opportunities. It is also a great activity when you need something quick and easy to get dinner made!

Because we use play dough so often, I started to make my own, and it was a game changer! So much softer than the store bough stuff and SO easy to make. So in this post I am going to share the recipe we have been using to make our play dough.

Play Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 CUP of Flour
  • 2 TSP Cream of Tar Tar
  • 1/2 CUP of Salt
  • 1 TBSP Cooking Oil
  • 1 Cup of Boiled Water
  • A few drops of Food Coloring

How to Make Your Own Play Dough


Begin by boiling your water. I use an electric kettle but a good ol pot on the stove will work just fine! While your water is boiling combine all other ingredients in a bowl except the food coloring. Once your water is boiled, add a few drops of food coloring and stir until blended. Add small amounts of the boiled water to your ingredients and stir as you add. Continue until all water is added (1 CUP total).Stir well, it takes a while to get to the play dough consistency. Adjust as needed. Sometimes I add a bit more water, flour, or oil to get to the consistency I like. If it is too sticky, I will add a bit more flour and oil. If it is too dry, I add a bit more water and maybe a little oil.


Play dough can be used for 4+ weeks. Probably longer but I usually toss after about a month or two. Store your play dough in a sealed container in the fridge to increase the amount of time it lasts.

Enjoy your play dough fun!

For more ideas and inspiration check out this post: 7 Inviting Play Dough Trays to Try With Your Child


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