Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Homemade Play Dough

On a recent Snow Day at home, I was feeling crafty.  I was also in need of new and fun way to keep a toddler happy and avoid the dreaded B word – boredom.  So, after a super quick search, I decided to try out this recipe for homemade play dough.

There are other recipes out there that don’t require cooking or that call for a lot less cream of tartar but they, supposedly, have an off texture or the color doesn’t stick well, etc.   This recipe is fantastic though and the ingredients are items you probably already have in the pantry.

2c water
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2c flour
2 TBSP cream of tartar
food coloring
1.  In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
2.  Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, 4-5 minutes.  You will see the liquid become firm, pull away from the pan, and form a ball.  You’ll also get a fantastic mini workout!
3.  Remove dough from the pan and cool on a sheet of parchment paper.
4.  Wrap in plastic or store in an air-tight container.


Bonus:  It’s completely edible!  It’s super salty (yes, I tasted it), just like the store bought stuff (I can’t be the only one who ever tasted that as a kid).  I’m not saying you should eat it; I’m saying you could.  😉

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