Cabin Fever Busters: Homemade Playdough

Written by: Beth Cohen Dorfman

My kids, who are 5.5 and almost 8 will still play quietly (and sometimes even collaboratively)  with play dough for hours on end.  We have a bin full of cookie cutters, rolling pins, old silverware and other accessories.

As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve tried ALL KINDS of homemade play doughs and found THIS to be THE recipe you want.  Something about the cooked recipes makes them last longer—and I mean longer.  Properly sealed, this dough can last you for months.  I also highly recommend investing in high quality gel food colors (available at craft stores and Amazon) as they are less messy, brighter and, well, just plain awesome. Here you go!


•   1 cup water

•   1 tablespoon vegetable oil

•   1/2 cup salt

•   1 tablespoon cream of tartar

•   Food coloring

•   Saucepan

•   1 cup flour


1  Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

2  Remove from heat and add flour.

3  Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.

4  Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Read more on Family Education. Watch out for next week when I teach you how to make “Edible Water Beads”!

Kid-Tested, Kid Approved! NPNer, Lucas (2) has a blast with this SUPER easy recipe. 

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM