Play Dough {{DIY}}

My sister-in-law sent me these photos of my adorable nephew playing with play dough she had made at home, and it was immediately obvious we needed some of that stuff in our lives, too.
Sure, I could have run to Target where I would have most likely put a huge dent in our bank account buying things I don't need, but convinced myself that I do, and picked up a couple canisters, but what is the fun in that? Not to mention, when I saw the 'ingredient' list to actually make play dough it seemed silly to pay for something when I had all the necessary items already in my kitchen.

Homemade Play Dough
What you'll need:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp veggie oil
2 tsp Cream of Tartar

Add all ingredients into a 12-inch skillet.
Heat, on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, constantly stirring the mixture.
The mixture will go from a paste-like consistency to a very obvious play dough texture.
Flatten and stir repeatedly.
Divide and add food coloring, mixing by hands.

To store:
Keep refrigerated in plastic ziplock baggies.
Besides being ridiculously easy to make, it's totally non-toxic. Though, after one quick taste-test I can tell you Marcus has yet to go back for seconds. 

Because Marcus isn't exactly the arts and crafts type I wasn't too worried about my minimal investment in this homemade entertainment device.
However, to my pleasant surprise, he was totally fascinated with the sculpting clay.
This has quickly become my go-to activity when I need Marcus to stay put for a few minutes.
Thanks Aunt Carolyn for the new found fun!


  1. I bet this smells a lot better than regular play dough! haha Emma always begs to get her play dough out, but I can't stand the smell of it, so I quickly think of something else we can do instead! LOL =)

    1. This didn't really have any smell to it at all! You should give it a try and maybe have Emma help make it! She could pick her own colors!

  2. I bet that Micky shape cutter helped. lot too!! how fun!

  3. Cute!! Why don't you make some and send it to me...

    That is too many ingredients for me. If only they sold it like break apart cookies.

  4. Super cute! A wasn't a fan of the pumpkin play doh we made in the fall, but now that she's older I'm going to steal this idea/recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. How long does this stay good for? It is something I could make and it last a while?

  6. Ooh! I might have to try this for when we're snowed in this week!

  7. I have been debating whether to buy play-doh for Olivia and have always told myself no because she will make a major mess. Looks like Marcus did a good job so maybe I will consider making this for her for something new to do!

  8. I haven't seen this recipe yet. I will have to try it. Hannah loves her play doh, but Meeghan keeps eating it. I would feel comfortable letting Meeghan play with ths one as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ugh darn iPad! I meant this instead of ths.

  9. I had no idea it was so easy!! I can't wait to make my own batch!! Thanks for sharing this :)

  10. Hmm, I actually want to play with dough now ... where are my nieces and nephew when I need them?!