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Making Play Dough with Kids

Martha Stewart Living Television

The formula for the original Play-Doh, invented in 1956, remains top secret. But you can make your own version of play dough that's just as much fun to make as it is to play with. This recipe makes 3 1/2 cups of dough.

Tools and Materials
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Wooden board
Plastic bag or container

Play Dough How-To
1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the flour, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, and water.

2. Cook uncovered over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Stir constantly until the dough is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

3. Divide the dough into four equal portions.

4. Add approximately 6 to 8 drops of food coloring to each portion and knead the color into the dough to distribute it evenly. Kneading the color into the dough is the fun part -- kids will love it.

5. If you store the play dough in a plastic bag or airtight container, it will stay nice and soft and last for years.

Comments (5)

  • teresacivi 5 Oct, 2011

    i live in spain, and have no idea how to get the cream of tartar here, could i change it for something like baking soda???or anything else,thanks fro the help

  • GamecocksH 26 Jul, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe! I make it double batches for my kindergarten classroom every year. It keeps so much better than the name brand stuff! The children love it and can even help me mix the colors we want to use. I place a portion of made dough in a zip-lock, add food coloring , zip it shut and let them start squishing away until all the color is in the dough. They love helping their teacher and their fine motor skills get a good work out too!

  • roxlee 22 Mar, 2009

    Worked out very well for us. Easy to make. Dough was a little sticky, but improves with play. Inexpensive and I won't feel bad when it's accidentally left out or mixed with other colors. Smells better than the real Play Doh.

  • ech0s 27 Jul, 2008

    Loved this recipe! No more worrying about the kids mixing the colors

  • LiSaCoOn 28 Apr, 2008

    Has anyone tried to double the amount of dough the reciepe gives? If you have, can you?