Homemade play-dough (recipe)

This is a great, easy recipe. And it’s kosher and edible–not yummy, but not poisonous, either, should anyone try it. Kids love to help make it, and it’s a one pot wonder!

Homemade play-dough

(makes about 4 cans of the store-bought stuff)

  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C salt
  • 4 t cream of tartar
  • 2 C water
  • 4 T vegetable oil
  • food coloring or kool-aid mix (small, sugar free packets)
  • optional: glitter

Put flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and oil into a pan and cook over medium low heat until the mixture thickens and pulls away from the pan. Remove from the heat and cool slightly, then knead until smooth. Separate into lumps and add in color, then knead until soft and smooth. Store in a closed plastic bag or container (ours keeps for a few months easily, but when it starts to dry out, just toss it and make a new batch).

You can use 1 packet of koolaid for about half the dough for a medium hue, or a quarter of the dough for a stronger color. Koolaid adds a good scent (for a while). You can mix it with food coloring, too. Glitter makes this fun, and doesn’t come off everywhere until the dough gets pretty dry. Then it needs to go anyway!

Bring on the cookie cutters, utensils, rolling pins…


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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