This Homemade Play Dough recipe takes just 10 minutes to make and uses ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. The kids can help make this easy play dough with a little help from an adult to supervise while it’s on the stove top.
Being a mom of an eight year old, five year old, and two year old means that Barbara is always looking for cheap new ways to entertain them at home. Her girls are getting to the age where they love to help in the kitchen. To them, it is just a fun day with mom, but Barbara knows that we are developing important skills.
Jocelyn is eight, and Barbara has been teaching her how to properly turn on the burners on the stove according to recipe instructions. She practices reading the recipes out loud, and she is getting lessons in fractions with every recipe. Katie Ann is five and cooking is a creative outlet for her. She pretends that she is on her own personal cooking show.
Homemade Play Dough
Homemade Play Dough is the perfect project. It is only six simple ingredients: flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, water and food coloring. It just so happens that these are pantry staples for Barbara.
All you do is mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue to stir constantly as the mixture cooks.
Within a few minutes, the dough will form a ball, and you are done. Let the dough cool for a couple minutes before letting the kids play.
This play dough is purple in real life – not sure what happened in the photos!
Store your homemade play dough in an airtight container so it does not dry out and the kids can play with it again.
Once the kids make this homemade play dough, they will want to make it again and again in various colors!
Want some other ideas for easy activities to do with your kids at home? Here are some other fun ideas:
Homemade Play Dough
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon food coloring of your choice
- In a medium saucepan, mix all ingredients.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough forms a ball, approximately 5 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes before using.
- Store in an airtight container.