This Week's Recipe--Play Dough

This is an awesome recipe that I inherited from my mom. I just finished making a batch of this at Stacy's request. Since Christmas we'd been playing with the store-bought stuff, but it's all dry and icky, so she's been asking for some of the "kind you make and keep in the fridgerator". Since I know there are some other mamas out there reading, I thought I'd share this recipe, even though it's not new! In my experience it seems to last longer than store-bought. The recipe calls for a measured amount of food coloring, but I just squeeze some drops in and stir--if I want it more vibrant I just add more. Tonight's batch was pink, in honor of the girls' recent infatuation with Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious!

The Recipe
1 c. white flour
1/4 c. salt
2T cream of tartar
1 c. water
1 T vegetable oil
2 t food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in a medium pot. Add wet ingredients. Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball turn it onto a floured surface and knead.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Parting Thoughts
Enjoy with your kiddos! I also have a fun peanut butter play dough recipe that I remember having occasionally as a kid. Part play dough, part snack!

Has anyone out there made the Kool Aid playdough? I remember hearing great things about it when I was teaching, but I've never tried it myself...


  1. fancy nancy and pinkalicious are read to death around here. everything has become pink and french.

  2. Kari said...

    I don't know if I would use the Kool Aid playdough with Brinley. It probably would smell too good, and she would eat it! I did try the peanut butter play dough. The recipe I had wasn't that great. Can you send me yours? I haven't gotten out playdough for a little bit, since Adalyn is in the eating everything dropped on the floor stage! I should try to do it when she is napping, but that is usually my shower opportunity! :-)


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