homemade play-dough


My son LOVES play-dough! Well, let’s be honest, he loves anything he can dig into and make a mess with! While Play-Doh isn’t actually very expensive, I was all about making it myself to save some money.

If you do a quick Google search for homemade play-dough, you’ll find TONS of recipes. At first, being the lazy person that I am, I chose what looked like the easiest one. While it came out ok, it was beyond messy. Every time you touched it, you were left with flecks of it between your fingers, on your clothes, and in a trail wherever you traveled. Now, imagine that with a toddler…it was a disaster! He kept bringing me the container wanting to play with it, and I kept secretly wishing he had forgotten all about it.

Fast forward a couple months, and I finally threw it away – not because it had dried out or anything (it was actually still in its original state) but because I just couldn’t bring myself to let him play with it anymore. I did some more research and found the KEY ingredient I was missing was cream of tartar. Who has that stuff anyway?? After a quick trip to the store and another search for dos and dont’s, I came up with a great recipe, so here it is:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 tbsp oil (I use vegetable)
  • food coloring of your choice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar (the KEY ingredient!)

Make It:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heat-safe bowl, stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar
  3. When water is boiling, add oil and food coloring to the pan
  4. Pour boiling liquid over dry ingredients
  5. Stir together with a spoon
  6. Allow to cool to a handle-able temperature
  7. Knead together with hands
  8. Store in an airtight container