Play dough

When I was younger I remember the joy of opening up a brand new container of play-doh and creating all sorts of fun creatures, shapes and “food”  I figured Dieter is at the age where he will play with the dough more than trying to eat it so I decided to whip up a batch for him. I found a recipe via Pinterest that seemed really foolproof.  The colors she was able to get for her dough are fantastic but you won’t get them with the regular food coloring, she notes what type she used in her post. Here it the recipe (with a little variation).


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used canola and it worked just fine)
  • food coloring

How to do it:

  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a saucepan and mix to combine.
  2. Add the water and vegetable oil.
  3. Turn the stove to medium/low and start stirring.
  4. Add the food coloring.
  5. As the mixture heats up it will start getting lumpy.  Keep stirring until the dough starts to form a big clump and takes on the texture of “play-doh.”  If you’re starting from a cold stove it could take a couple minutes.
  6. Let the dough cool down on a plate.

Variation: I wanted to see what it would look like to add a packet of Kool-aid to the dough instead of food coloring.  Well the color didn’t change much but all of a sudden I had playdough that smelled faintly of cherry (which I thought was kind of cool).  So for scented playdough add a packet of Kool-aid along with the dry ingredients.

Dieter loved playing with it!

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