Play dough recipe

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Rainy days equal three kids stuck inside the house. Three kids without direction is chaos. I don't always want a house full of forts and toys contributing to their hoarding tenancies so they need projects!

So homemade play-dough to the rescue!

The recipe is simple. We make it often in seasonal colors. 

This recipe is enough for three kids about 1 cup each or so. Can easily be doubled.

We made green sparkle since its almost St. Patrick's Day.


2 1/2 Cups Water

1 1/4 Cups Salt

1 1/2 Tbsp. Cream of Tarter

Food Coloring of Choice 

5 Tbsp. Oil

2 1/2 Cups Flour (add more if you it thicker)


add glitter or add flavorings at the time of food coloring if you want it scented, such as vanilla extract or lemon for yellow play-dough

Mix water, salt, cream of tarter, food coloring into pan. Cook on low, slowly add in oil and flour, stirring constantly. Mix will slowly thicken and pull from sides of pan. When all of mix stays together and has play-dough consistency, remove from pan. Caution! It will be hot, allow to cool a bit, then knead like bread to smooth it out. For easy clean up use a plastic place mat.

It keeps for about 2-3 weeks in a zip-lock bag or other airtight container.

Hours of fun! We borrowed some of the kids play kitchen supplies so we didn't have to buy any more play-dough toys.