Play dough fun + easy play dough recipe

My kids have always loved drawing, painting and play dough for a fun creative activity. Making and playing with play dough has always been a favorite of Charlie & Meredith.

Play dough is one of our go to indoor activities for rainy days or just because. Both of my kids always get excited about making it and creating with it.

What makes this the BEST play dough recipe? I have experimented making batches of play dough more times than I can count. This recipe below has become my most favorite and hands down makes the most perfect, squishy, soft and cookie cutter friendly recipe we have made.

This play dough is non sticky so it won’t tear or make surfaces all oily such as when rolling it out. It will last several months if put in a zip top baggie. I usually put ours in a zip lock bag and into our play dough tote for extra protection from air exposure. You can customize this dough to the color + scent you prefer.


Ingredients needed:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Essential oil, optional
  • Zip top baggies

In a large cooking pot, stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add the water and oil to the mixture. If you are going to only making one color dough, add in the the color now. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. If you are adding essential oils for scented dough add a few drops now. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and tries to form a ball when stirring. Remove the pot from heat. Place dough onto wax paper or very lightly floured counter top. Allow the dough to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. For making multiple colors after, divide the dough into the amount of colors you would like and place the sections of dough into individual quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten or less to lighten as desired. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once all color is kneaded through you are ready to play with it!

Some fun things we like to do with the dough:

  • Add glitter for some sparkle
  • Use dinosaur toys to make dinosaur foot prints
  • Use shells, rocks and small toys to make imprints and fossil prints
  • Form letters and numbers with the dough for fun learning

Make a batch of play dough and let me know in comments below what color creations or activities you did with your dough. Enjoy!



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Dawn says:

    Seems easy enough! The final product looks really good in your pictures! I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  2. sara says:

    Playdough is such a fun activity, and great for developing kids small motor skills! I am so glad you attached a recipe as well, I can’t wait to check it out.

  3. Sincerely Mellie Sue says:

    Ooo I can’t wait until my little one is big enough to play with this. It would go strait to his mouth right now. Looks like a great recipe!

  4. Angel Sames says:

    I have a few ingredients I’m missing, but I’m definitely going to save this. I know my babies will love it.

    Angel | Mommy-ing Differently

  5. Tricia says:

    These look very easy to do! I love the pastel color when you’re finished, very cute!

  6. Lee says:

    Omgoodness, I am definitely pinning this!

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