Play Dough in 5 Easy Steps, with 5 Easy Ingredients

Play dough is so fun for kids of all ages!   Kids can play with play dough by itself or with cookie cutters. Play dough is great for many reasons. The kids love it, it is made from simple ingredients, and it takes just a few minutes to make.  So we can set aside a few minutes and give the kids something fun that doesn’t make a huge mess. My little bear is two, and he is happy if you roll him little egg shapes. He will keep himself busy lining them up and squishing them together.  He loves to use his fingers to just play with the dough.  This craft is great for gifts and party favors as well!  I am throwing a dinosaur themed party in just a few months and will have awesome favors making play dough, I mean…Dino Dough.  Play dough can really be incorporated into any theme with the right container, and clever name.  The recipe I use can sit out for hours without drying out.  I don’t plan to leave it out, but I have already forgotten about it at the table, and it was still just as soft as when I first made it.  You need just a handful of ingredients and you will have your kiddos smashing dough in no time.

I use edible household ingredients for my dough.  I don’t want my kids to actually eat the dough (it’s very salty).  I do want to know if they sneak a bite, they will be okay.  I use flour, salt, and cream of tartar for the dry ingredients.  I whisk them together in a large bowl.  Then I add some olive oil and boiling hot water. 

How to Make this Recipe go Smoothly with 5 Easy Steps:

Step One:  Start boiling 1 1/2 Cups of water on the stove.  While the water comes to a boil, work on the other ingredients.

Step Two:  Whisk together 2 Cups Flour, 1/2 Cup Salt, and 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar (pick some up from the grocery store on your weekly shopping trip).  Do this as your water boils.

Step 3: Stir in 2 Tablespoons of oil.  By now, your water should be boiling.

Step 4: Add boiling water.  Stir well.  The dough will become very thick and will be very hot.  Make sure you are using a utensil that will hold up stirring the thick and heavy dough. 

Step 5: Add color (any color you would like, I use gel colors) and knead on the counter.  Really work the dough and in just a few minutes it is ready for action! Keep your pay dough stored in an airtight container or ziplock bags.

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This recipe makes quite a bit of dough.  I recommend splitting it up into four sections and doing different colors.  It will be easier to work, and the littles will have a variety of colors to choose from.  I recently made the younger kids in my family some holiday dough.  I used neon gel and made pink, purple, blue, and green.  It was stored in mod podged baby food containers, and all the kids loved it.  Plus, now the parents don’t have to make it themselves unless they want more! 

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  1. 1/2 C Salt
  2. 2 C Flour
  3. 2 T Cream of Tartar
  4. 2 T Oil
  5. 1 1/2 C Boiling Water
  6. Gel Food Coloring to Desired Color
  1. Start bringing the water to a boil
  2. Whisk together Salt, Flour, and Cream of Tartar in a Large Pot or Bowl
  3. Add Oil
  4. When the water starts to Boil, Add it to the Rest of the Mixture
  5. Stir Well, It will get thick, and harder to work with.
  6. Then knead for 5 minutes.
  7. Once everything is mixed well, add food coloring.
  8. Lastly, ENJOY!
  1. Any Food Coloring Works, I Prefer The Gel.
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