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Homemade Play Dough

5 simple pantry ingredients and about 5 minutes are all you need to whip up your own batch of homemade play dough!
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Keyword: kid favorites
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Holly Gray


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • food coloring


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water, all-purpose flour, olive oil, cream of tartar, and desired amount of food coloring.
  • Stir continuously for 4-5 minutes. The liquid will become firm, pull away from the pan, and form a ball.
  • Remove the dough from the pan and set it onto a sheet of parchment paper to cool.
  • When the play dough is completely cool, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an air-tight container.
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