The Very BEST Play-Dough Recipe Ever!

Years ago (before Pinterest) I struggled with recipe after recipe for homemade play-dough. The girls and I tried many different concoctions and always had iffy results. Always. Too dry and crumbly. Too soup like. Smelled bad. They always turned into disasters.

But then, I stumbled on the recipe posted here (not found through Pinterest).

I thought, “Why Not? Captain Chaos needs to experience the disappointment that is homemade play-dough, just like his sisters did!”

Please never accuse me of not being an equal opportunity childhood disappointer.

He helped measure and pour the ingredients. And then he stirred everything together.

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It looks gross, but he insisted on orange play-dough.

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He stepped away while I cooked it. Medium heat, stirring constantly (while simultaneously checking email).

It didn’t take more than 5 minutes and the stuff was all blobbed up and semi-solid. I dumped it out on a cutting board and let it sit for about 3 minutes til it was cooler – still kinda hot, but not so hot that it burned.

Then I kneaded it up and this stuff is like silk. It feels even better than store-bought play-dough and you can see that the color darkened during the cooking process.

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The best part was that Chaos LOVED the stuff. He sat and played with it for well over an hour – with cookie cutters and a popsicle stick for a knife. When he was done it wasn’t even crumbly. We just popped it into a plastic baggie and squeezed all of the air out.

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One of his reading enrichment activities is to use play dough to make letters, so we plan to try that tomorrow!

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Recipe

1 cup flour
½ cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Combine above ingredients in a large saucepan.

Gradually stir in:
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon food coloring (I used more – just make the color as rich as you’d like)

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat and knead until smooth.

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