The BEST Play Dough

The BEST Play Dough


Having four children, rainy days can get… well, it’s best to try to keep them all as entertained and contained to one room, as much as possible and we have a favorite play dough recipe, that does just that!

I know a lot of people avoid the recipes you have to cook because they assume they will be more difficult and time consuming, but this recipe whips up every bit as fast as the ‘non’ cook recipes, and the end result is elastic, soft, smooth play dough that will stay pliable even if you forget to put it away. (Not that that ever happens here *wink*)

What you’ll need…

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

optional: food coloring, glycerin or corn syrup, glitter

For this particular batch of bold, glittery play dough, I used all of the optional ingredients, for optimal fun!

What you’ll do…

Mix together oil, water, food coloring and if using glycerin… one or two small drops of glycerin (this makes the play dough extra stretchy, shiny and smooth, but too much will make it sticky, so use it sparingly).

Cook them over medium heat, until they have heated up a bit and then stir in the rest of the ingredients stirring constantly. You can reduce the heat after adding the dry ingredients and keep stirring the mixture until it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, forming a ball.

Amazingly, this only takes a few minutes!

Remove your play dough from the pan to cool. If you are going to add glitter, this is when you work it through.
When the play dough is cool enough to touch, you can press a hole into the center of the dough and pour in some glitter, then just knead it through! (If you add the glitter while cooking, the other ingredients will dull the glitter, so it is best to add it after it is cooked.)

This play dough will keep for weeks, if stored in an air tight container, or zip lock bag.

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