GO-TO Play Dough Recipe

March 4, 2020 No Comments

You all know how much we LOVE play dough in this house and our favorite to use is always HOMEMADE!

Today I’m sharing our GO-TO SIMPLE recipe. It is soft, squishy, and lasts for MONTHS! It takes about 5 minutes to whip up (no COOKING) a batch and always turns out just right!



  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 2 TBLS Cream of Tartar
  • 2 TBLS Vegetable Oil
  • UP TO 1.5 Cups Boiling Water
  • Optional Food Dye (Color)


In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil. If adding color, add it to the boiling water THEN pour the dyed water over the mix. STIR and MIX until all ingredients are combined and the dough starts to form. Then take the dough out of the bowl and knead it your hands. You want to knead for several minutes until dough texture is smooth and all stickiness is gone.

We store our play dough in a large Ziploc bag with all air squished out and it lasts for MONTHS! You can also store it in an airtight container.


-Too dry? Add a little more water. Too wet? Add a little more flour.
-Add a SMELL! Cooking extracts like vanilla, almond, peppermint work great!
-Add in GLITTER!

YOU DID IT! How does it smell? How does it feel? What do you think?

easy homemade play dough


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