Homemade Play Doh

March 27, 2015

in Blog, Family, Kid Friendly

play doh_e

Playing with play doh is a great rainy day activity. In Vancouver, we have a lot of rainy days.  Its so inexpensive to make your own compared to store bought, and I find the texture of this is identical, and it makes a lot. I’ve made no-cook versions and cooked versions like my mom used to make for us as kids. I actually prefer the cooked version, as I find its less sticky, lasts much longer, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

I have a lot of various food coloring on hand for when I make birthday cakes and cupcakes, so usually I’m going into my cake kit and grabbing one of my Wilton gel colors. Gel or regular food coloring works great. Heck, I’ve even seen people use kool-aid to dye the dough and make it smell good too. I decided with my 2 year old, the good smelling dough might not be the best option or else she’ll try and eat it!

Happy playing!

Homemade Play Doh
Yield: 1.5 cups
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt (regular table salt)
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food coloring (of choice). I used Wilton gel in teal
  1. In a medium sized pot, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the wet and food color and stir until smooth. Place over medium heat. Stir until mixture is hot, holds together and resembles play doh. Knead a few times and let cool.
  2. Store in a ziplock freezer bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap.







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  • JaniceG

    Hi Kristine! I always made my kids homemade play doh but what they even enjoyed more was “flubber”. It’s made with Lepages glue and Borax and every kid that came over played with it on the kitchen table for hours. If you google it you can find the recipe.

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Great thanks! I will check it out!!!

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