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Activity:    Recipes for Home Made Play Dough



Home-made playdoughThe following are tried-and-true recipes for making homemade playdough. 

Play dough has much play value for young kids. Its tactile, pliable qualities satisfy the senses and the creative possibilities are endless! Making play dough at home is not only economical and practical, it's satisfying. The superior recipe provided here is one we have personally used and enjoyed many times over. You won't be disappointed.

This recipe produces a smooth, tactile dough that is long-lasting:

Homemade Play Dough Recipe (superior):

Mix together:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Mix until you have a smooth paste. Cook on medium-low heat in a saucepan, stirring, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the saucepan and forms a ball. Take the saucepan off the burner and let cool for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the dough is cool enough to handle. Remove the dough from the pan and knead it for a few minutes. Voila! You have a superior homemade play dough. Store the dough in a plastic sealed container or a plastic ziploc bag.

Add color to your dough, if desired:

Use food color to add color to your play dough. This can be done by adding food color to the water before cooking the dough, or you can knead the color into the dough (this second option produces a marble effect). 


Homemade Play Dough (basic/quick):

Mix together the following ingredients until the dough reaches the desired consistency:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil

This is a quick dough that doesn't last as long as the superior dough recipe above.


What to do with the dough? Just letting kids play as they want with the dough is sufficient. Tools are fun as well, such as play rolling pins and cookie cutters.

For an added educational bonus, you can provide kids with alphabet cookie cutters so that they can cut out the unique shapes of the letters of the alphabet.

Sets of cookie cutters in the forms of familiar animals, letters of the alphabet, numbers, and familiar objects are available, such as the Wilton Animal Pals 50-piece Cookie Cutter Set by Wilton. Because they're plastic, you can also allow your preschooler to use the cutters with play-dough. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy:Wilton Animal Pals 50-Piece Cookie Cutter Set at]


See also: Homemade Clay Recipe



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