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Make Play Dough

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Published February 16th 2011
I don't know if you've noticed, but Play Doh™ is expensive! You can make your own for a fraction of the price, meaning more play dough for you your children.


2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Measure out your ingredients and place them in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the mixture resembles mashed potato. It is ready when it begins to clump in the centre.

Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Knead the dough on a clean counter until it becomes silky smooth. You may need to add more water or more flour if it is too sticky or too dry.

The finished product should keep for up to a year if kept in an air tight container. Add a little bit of water if it starts to dry out.


Food dye
Scented oils

To colour your play dough, add food dye one drop at a time and knead until the colour has spread throughout the ball. Continue until you achieve the desired tone. The same method applies for scented dough. Try matching the scent to the colour – lavender for purple play dough, mint for green play dough, etc.

For glittery dough that looks pretty and has a different texture, flatten your ball onto a clean counter and pour one cup of glitter into the middle. Knead through.


Old baking equipment like rolling pins, cookie cutters and pastry trimmers are excellent for play dough play.

This play dough bakes easily. Immortalise your creations by placing them on a baking tray and putting them in a moderate oven for twenty to thirty minutes. Keep an eye on the oven so that they don't dry out and crack.
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