Baking With Gramma – Homemade Play Doh

Let’s make our own Play Doh. It’s easy and super-fun!

What You Need

  • 2 cups flourBest-play-dough-recipe-i-heart-naptime
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 tsps of cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (coconut oil works, too)
  • Food coloring, optional but recommended
  • Quart sized bags (one for each color)
  • Large pot
  • Wax paper


Step #1 – In a large pot, stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar.

Step #2 – Add the water, and oil, and food coloring (if using only one color).

Step #3 – Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Step #4 – Continue to stir until the dough has thickened, and forms a ball.

Step #5Remove from heat, and place onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly.

Step #6 –  Knead the dough until smooth.

Note: If you’re using more than one color, divide the dough evenly into that number of balls – one for each color – skip the next steps if you’ve already added the coloring.

Step #7 – Place each ball of uncolored dough into a quart-size zipper bag.

Step #8 – Add five drops of food coloring to the bag (more drops if you want brighter, more vivid colors).

Step #9 – Knead the dough, while inside the bag (so it doesn’t stain your hands), until the color is thoroughly mixed, and is consistent.

Step #10 – Repeat the process for each individual color.

Now you’re ready to have some fun!

When finished playing, store the dough inside the bags for up to three months. For optimal freshness, be sure to squeeze all the air out of the bag(s) before sealing.


After you have added the food coloring, add ¼ cup of glitter to one (or each) ball of dough. This creates some sparkly fun!

Fun With Food Facts – Play Doh

Did you know?

  • The Play Doh product was originally made to clean wall paper.940_main
  • More than 3 billion cans of Play Doh have been sold! That’s enough to reach the moon and back three times!
  • Play Doh was first sold in just one color, an off-white. However, once it hit the stores in the 1950’s red, blue, and yellow were added.
  • There’s a perfume that smells like Play Doh.

Did you create something cool with your homemade dough? Send us a picture and it could be featured on Show Us Your Stuff Saturday.

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