Play Dough

I know, I know it’s not food! But my website is called In Diane’s Kitchen and I make this on the stove….in my kitchen. This is the only Play Dough recipe you will ever want to make! I have made this recipe for years. This recipe makes a huge ball of Play Dough, larger than a softball. The Play Dough in the picture was made at least 6 months ago. It stays soft and never seems to go bad. I make one color per batch. That gives the kids tons of Play Dough. The only thing I have had to do to it is add more flour if it starts to get sticky. It has never dried out on me as long as I keep it covered. The colors have faded from when I first made them but the grandkids don’t care. The Play Dough colors usually end up mixed together anyway. Once cooled, I store them separately in a bread bag with a twist tie so I can get all of the air out. Then I seal them in a Ziploc freezer bag. I put them in a closet and pull them out when ever the grandkids want to play with them. These are so quick and CHEAP to make and kids of all ages love them. Although they are not edible, they have ingredients that won’t hurt the kids should they put it in their mouth. With all that salt, it won’t stay there long! So go ahead, whether your kids are still at home or you have grandchildren like me, have some fun!

Play Dough



1/2 cup salt

1 cup flour

1 cup water

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 Tbl vegetable oil

food coloring, to desired color


Place all of the ingredients in a medium heavy bottom pan. Mix and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough pulls away from the sides and bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and cool slightly until you can hold it. Knead the dough, like you would bread dough, until smooth. Make sure it is completely cool and store in a plastic bag like a bread bag, with a twist tie, making sure all air is removed. Store plastic bag in a Ziploc freezer bag. If Play Dough becomes moist, just knead more flour into the Play Dough.




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