Homemade Play Dough!

Happy Monday!! My cupkeiki and I had a great weekend, that’s part of the reason why my CSA pictures haven’t been posted yet! My mom came and visited us on Saturday, then my brother came over Sunday!

This morning my cupkeiki pulled the food coloring out of the craft box and said “do something mama?” I decided to google crafts with food coloring, found tons of links for play dough and said, that’s it!! 20 minutes later we are in play dough heaven!!

I’m going to share the recipe, but I warn you it’s pretty rough. I cut a recipe I found in half, then wound up adding back to it. Perhaps it’s best to say that you really have to tap into your memory of how play dough should feel to get the best outcome…right hopefully I haven’t confused you all!

1 cup flour
1 Tbs. Canola oil
1 Tbs. Tartaric Acid (cream of tartar)
3/4 Cup boiling water
1/4 Cup salt
Food coloring and glycerine (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add boiling water. Stir until dough is formed. *i wound up adding quite a bit more flour, perhaps another full cup when all was said and done. Divide dough into equal parts and place in food containers. Add as many drops of food coloring as desired to get desired color. *this means you may have to, once again, add more flour to return back to dough consistency. Glycerine can be added along with the colors, a few drops, to make the dough a bit more shiny and soft.

Work it with your hands to get the colors blended (mamas got to have some fun too!) and then hand it over to eager hands! My cupkeiki is really enjoying this, and it’s so easy to make I am too!

dry ingredients

added boiling water




adding the food coloring and glycerine


getting the right consistency and handing it over









Have a fun and COLORFUL Monday and week!


One thought on “Homemade Play Dough!

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I tried a play dough made from corn starch and conditioner and it wasn’t the best . . . it smelled good though. Looks like everyone had fun!

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