Did you know that over 950 million pounds, or more than 2 billion cans, of Play-Doh have been squished and squashed since it’s debut in 1956? Consider how many more pounds it would be if you included homemade play dough. And, then imagine how many hours of playtime this one simple compound has logged. That’s one astronomically amazing toy! If you’re looking to get in on the fun or revisit it or gift it to someone else, here are 3 easy play dough recipes you can use to make it at home. Let the squishing and squashing begin!
Homemade Play Dough Recipe from Martha Stewart
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring as needed
- In a heavy saucepan, mix the ingredients.
- Cook on a medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes or until mixture pulls away from sides of pan. It will have the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Remove from heat; let cool for 1 minute and then knead. It should have a soft, smooth texture.
The Best Play Dough Recipe from Food.com
- 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon alum (a preservative usually found with the spices at the grocery)
- 1 3/4 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons salad oil
- food coloring
- Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.
- In a glass measuring cup, mix alum, water, oil, and color and add to the flour/salt mixture. Stir until slightly cool.
Knead well, adding flour until it stops sticking to your hands.
Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe from The 36th Avenue
- 1 Cup Flour
- ¼ Cup Salt
- 1 Packet Kool-Aid
- ⅔ Cup Water (You will end up using between ½ and ⅔ cup)
- 1 Tb. Oil
- Mix the flour, the salt, and the Kool-Aid together.
- Boil the water.
- Add the oil to the water.
- Pour some of the water into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon. Keep adding water and work the dough until the color is uniform and feels like play dough.
Whatever kind you make, be sure to store it in an airtight container and keep out of reach of children. Just because they’re made from common kitchen ingredients, doesn’t mean they’re edible.
Have a favorite way you like to make play dough? Share it in the comments!