Homemade Play-Doh Recipe

My mom used to run a home daycare and this is the play-doh we all grew up with.  Although I have seen a million different play-doh recipes out there, I have yet to try something new because this one works so well!!  If stored in an air tight container, it stays fresh and mold-able for SO long (seriously, MONTHS).  This is a double batch, but you can easily cut it in half if you don’t want as much.  I think it helps encourage creativity when there’s more to go around – plus, there’s enough for me to play too!  Abby loved helping me with the production process.  Other than “cream of tartar,” these ingredients are definitely already sitting in your kitchen.Homemade Play-Doh Ingredients

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.  Stir continuously over medium heat until mixture balls up.  You basically want to keep it on the heat until there isn’t any more liquid.Best Homemade Play-Doh

Once it’s done, dump it onto a table surface and let it cool a minute or two.  At this point, I usually wash my pan out quick.Orange Homemade Play-Doh

Playing with Play-DohFirmly knead your warm play-doh for about ten minutes (kids love to help with this part!) to make sure it maintains flexibility/texture.

FYI: Play kitchen toys are hands down The Best play-doh toys ever.  Abby enjoys making “food” with our play-doh.  Peas, noodles, pancakes, ice-cream, anything and everything served to order! 😉

Also, I find the plastic table cloths from Dollar Tree make the most excellent play/explore related surfaces.Play-Doh Foods


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