how to make play dough


play dough

Play dough is one of the best entertainment sources for toddlers! There are some secrets I’ve found, however, to making perfect play dough, I’ve had my share of mishaps either too sticky or to dry and I think I might have finally conquered the secrets to share with you. Here is what you will need:


  • 1c flour
  • 1/2c salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1c water
  • food coloring
  • wax paper

I suggest reading through these instructions a few times because it turns out that one of the secrets to great playdough is to move quickly and get through each of the steps while the play dough is cooking.. after you make it a few times you will realize exactly what I mean. I also highly recommend having all of the ingredients measured out and right next to your stove for easy access and wax paper set aside to knead dough on immediately after it is cooked.

So here we go!


  1. Heat stove to medium heat
  2. In saucepan, but not on the stove yet, mix flour, salt, cream of tarter
  3. Now put the saucepan over heat and sprinkle in the oil
  4. IMMEDIATELY after, add water and begin to stir vigorously
  5. Once the play dough begins to thicken add food coloring, about 10 drops
  6. Continue to vigorously stir play dough until a soft but well mixed ball of play dough forms (about 3-5 minutes), there should be nothing left in your saucepan, it all forms a ball if the playdough is set right.
  7. Remove the ball of play dough and press it out on wax paper, begin to knead as it is cooling, I let mine cool for about 30 minutes and kneaded occasionally.
  8. It is now ready for use and storing! It stores well in ziplock bags and plastic tupperware.


There you have it, kid-approved play dough :0)


I’ve update my recipe to an EVEN BETTER one here.


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