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Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe
Better than store-bought!
This recipe is by far the best play-dough recipe I have ever used. It makes a smooth dough that doesn't leave your (or your child's) hands feeling dried out or filmy. I've experimented with a number of others both cooking and no-cook recipes, and I have to tell you that this one tops them all. I started with a recipe I found online then tweaked it a little here and a dab there until I came out with this wonderful creation! I'm sure you'll agree once you've tried it that this is by far the BEST play-dough recipe around.
Not only is homemade play-dough cheap to make and fun to play with, it also makes fantastic gifts! With the holidays around the corner you might want to consider whipping up a few batches for the special kids in your life. Nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, grand-kids, or your own kids ~ I haven't met a child yet that could resist the urge to play with this stuff!
- Orange & Purple for Halloween
- Red & Green for Christmas
- Light green, pink & blue for Easter
- Orange & Red for Thanksgiving
- Red & Blue for Independence day (white would just be with no food coloring)
- The child's favorite color plus glitter for birthdays!
The possibilities are endless! You'll start looking for reasons to make this stuff.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup tap water
- 1/3 cup salt
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- food coloring
- 1 medium cooking pot
- 1 range stove
- 1 spoon (preferably plastic)
- 1 hard, flat surface (table or counter)
- Measuring cups & spoons
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together
Step 2: Add water and oil, turn heat on med./low & stir
Step 3: Add desired amount & color of food coloring
Step 4: Stir constantly until it is clumpy and looks like this:
Step 6: Scrape it out onto your flat surface & allow to cool slightly
Step 7: Kneed the dough
Step 8: Package or Play!
You've just completed your batch of the best homemade play dough! Congratulations!
Now you can store it in an air tight container (I prefer baggies) or have at it and let your kids enjoy playing with the fresh batch.
The heat doesn't bother me, so I tend to skip the "let it cool" step and just blend it while it is still hot. That is a personal choice and completely up to you. If you are having your child help make it I suggest giving it that cool down time so they don't burn themselves.
Make a bunch of different colors, separate them into sections & give them as gifts. One batch makes approx. 1 cup. You could make 4 different colors, divide each color into 4 sections & give each child a 1/4 cup of each. (or divide them in 1/2... it's up to you.)