Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Play Dough Recipe

I have used this exact recipe every single week while I was teaching at a Readiness Centre for families. My mom has begun to use it every other day as well as she teaches at a daycare. I also gave this recipe to many parents and they loved the clarity of it and how well it comes out. Pictures to come soon!


1 cup flour
1 cup coloured water (add food colouring to the water)*
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar**
1 tbsp. vegetable oil


Mix all ingredients together in a heavy bottomed pot, so it will not scorch.

Cook on the stove pot at medium-high heat, stirring until it clumps together. (This happens very quickly!)

Remove from heat. Dump the play dough out of the pot onto the countertop. Knead as it cools.

You do not need to store it in the refrigerator. You can put it into a container and it is good to know. If it is still very warm, you can also put a paper towel inside the container to soak up the moisture (though I rarely need to do this).

* For a very vibrant colour, you can use the Wilton paste food colouring made for cake decorating which can be found at the Bulk Barn or Michael's.

**Cream of tartar can be found in bulk at the Bulk Barn for a cheaper price than from any grocery store.


  1. I bet you could add Kool-aid for some really bright colours. You could even mix the Kool-aid colours before adding for some fun combinations too!

  2. Hi Nothy. You are absolutely right. I have used Kool-Aid as well. This is great because it smells tasty too! The children enjoy using their smell senses when Kool-Aid is used. Thanks for commenting!

  3. A teacher at my daycare uses fruit dye (boiled fruit) and vegetable (boiled again) to dye the play dough. The colors are more subdued.

    1. I have never heard of this! Thanks for sharing this idea. I will have to give this a try sometime!


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