How to make playdough with flour without using cream of tartar

Updated November 21, 2016

Play dough is a favourite childhood crafting medium for many children. The claylike constancy requires little effort to squeeze and mould into fun shapes and designs, making it easy enough for young children and fun for older children, as well. Most homemade versions require the use of flour and cream of tartar. However, numerous recipes do not require cream of tartar. Using ingredients you have in your kitchen to create your own homemade play dough for your kids.

Place 4 tbsp vegetable oil in a bowl. Mix in liquid food colouring and stir until the desired shade is reached. The colour will lighten when mixed with the other ingredients.

Add 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 1/2 cups water.

Stir to combine all ingredients. Place the play dough into zip top bags to prevent it from drying out when not in use.

Place 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 tbsp each ground ginger and cinnamon.

Stir to combine.

Pour in 2 tbsp vegetable oil and 1 cup water.

Stir all ingredients until smooth. Use the play dough as you usually would. This play dough is edible and tasty.

Place 340gr. frozen berries into a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring it to a boil. As the water boils, the pigments from the berry dye the water. The type of berry you choose determines the colour of the play dough.

Pour the berries and water into a sieve and collect the coloured water in a large bowl. Discard the berries and any seeds in the sieve.

Place 1 cup salt and 2 cups flour in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine.

Pour 2 cups of the coloured berry water and 2 tbsp vegetable oil into the flour mixture. Stir to combine. Continue to stir for another four minutes over medium heat until the mixture forms a ball. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more berry water.

Dump the play dough onto a floured surface. Let it cool until you can handle it. Knead the mixture with your hands until it is smooth and uniform. Store unused play dough in a plastic storage container.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable oil
  • Liquid food colouring
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Frozen berries
  • Zip top bag
  • Saucepan
  • Sieve
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