How to Make Play Dough From Scratch

Written by lauren vork
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How to Make Play Dough From Scratch
Play dough is a favourite among many kids. (Polka Dot/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Play dough for kids is not only a good way to pass time, but it teaches valuable coordination and creative skills. Kids who have a real passion for dough art, however, can go through serious amounts of play dough, making it difficult to keep them supplied with the store-bought stuff. Instead, keep your kids rolling in all the play dough they can use by making your own in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Things you need

  • 4 cups flour
  • Food colouring
  • 1 tbsp canola
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • Sauce pan
  • Mixing bowl

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  1. 1

    Measure 2 cups water into a large saucepan.

  2. 2

    Add a couple drops of food colouring to the water. Stir a couple times. Add the oil.

  3. 3

    In a bowl, mix together 2 cups of the flour and the cream of tartar using a fork.

  4. 4

    Whisk the flour mixture into the water a little at a time. Stir until you get a mixture of a smooth consistency.

  5. 5

    Place the saucepan on the stove and set it to medium heat. Cook and stir the mixture until it thickens into a dough. Place the finished dough in the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes before use.

  1. 1

    Measure 2 cups water into a mixing bowl. Add a couple drops of food colouring and stir it to disperse it.

  2. 2

    Add the flour and salt to the bowl.

  3. 3

    Mix the ingredients in the bowl with your hands to form a rough dough. Pull the dough from the bowl and knead it in your hands until it's smooth and has an even consistency.

Tips and warnings

  • When not using the dough, place it in a resealabe plastic container to keep it from drying out. The dough will dry out over time, but you can slow this process by storing a damp paper towel inside the plastic container along with it.

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