The Best Homemade Play Dough
There are so many homemade play dough recipes out there on the internet today, but this one has been tried and tested by my kids and my nieces time and time again. It seriously is the best. I’ve made some that you have to add tons of flour to each time you get it out just to keep it from being too sticky. I’ve made some that dries out way too fast. This one has neither of those qualities.
I love making my own play dough. It’s so easy, it’s way cheap, it’s so nice to be able to customize your colors. And what’s more, you can also customize your scent. I really don’t like the smell of store bought play dough.
I like to add essential oils to my play dough. When your kids are playing with it, you can choose for it to be a soothing, calming experience by adding lavender or serenity or it can be a stimulating and creative experience by adding citrus essential oils. Playing with play dough can be a very therapeutic activity for your kids… or even for yourself.
This recipe makes a large amount, so you can either make several batches and color each batch while it’s cooking, or you can make a batch, divide it into smaller portions, then color it. I’ve done it both ways. It just depends on how much I want to make/how much of each color I want.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoon cream of tartar
- food coloring (I like to use Wilton's gel or paste food coloring because you can get very vibrant colors without thinning your dough.)
- essential oils (optional)
- Combine water, flour, salt, oil, and cream of tartar in a medium sauce pan. If you want to color the whole batch one color, now is the time to add your food color. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly. After about one minute, it will begin to get lumpy. This is good; keep stirring. After about another minute, it will all come together into one big lump. Remove from heat and put it on a plate to cool.
- When cool, if you haven't colored it already, divide it into the number of portions you want and color your smaller individual portions to your desired colors. Next, add essential oils of your choice and knead them in.
- Store in an airtight container or zip top plastic bag. Do not refrigerate. It will last 2 to 3 months.