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Best Play Dough Recipe!

Apr 27, 2020


This is my very favourite recipe for the softest, squishiest play dough that lasts for months. Adults will have to watch the stove on this one, but the kids will have fun squishing their favourite colours into the dough.

Here is what you’ll need:


  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 1 cup water

  • food coloring


Place a pot on the stove and add your wet ingredients (water and oil) and stir. In a large bowl, combine and mix your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar). Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well. Cook over low to medium heat. Once it starts to congeal and form a ball, take it off the heat; this will only take a few minutes. Once it has cooled enough to handle, knead in your food coloring and make the colour as bright as you like!


I separated my dough into chunks and made each into a variety of colours. For a less messy version and if you prefer your dough all one colour, you can add the food colouring to the wet mixture. If you find your dough is still too dry, you can add a little bit more oil to it and knead it in. To preserve your dough, keep it in a sealed container. I have found resealable plastic bags work well.


If you loved this craft, here are some other great books on working with clay:


For a fun film experience, why not go old school with The Adventures of Gumbyor The Gumby Show


Blog post contributed by Lise from our Main branch.