Making a batch of play dough with my kids is one of my favorite things. It is a quick, and easy activity and the kids love getting to help make it. Sometimes we will make this more “traditional” play dough recipe, and other times we make Peanut Butter Play Dough (another fun fave!).
I have tried a lot of play dough recipes over the years, and I mean A LOT! My friend shared a recipe with me a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite. I haven’t looked back since. This recipe is so easy! You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand and will be able to whip it together in 15 minutes.
First, mix 1 cup water, 2 TBSP oil and a few drops of food coloring together in a pot over medium heat. My preschooler always gets to choose the color and today he chose green. Picking the color is probably his favorite part! 🙂
Next, add 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt and 1 tsp cream of tartar. Stir this continually while heating.
Keep stirring until the play dough begins to form a ball.
It doesn’t look pretty right now, but I promise, it will! Take it out of the pan and begin kneading with your hands. It might be hot right at first, it cools down fairly fast.
It only takes a few minutes of kneading until it is ready for your kids to cut into!
All that’s left to do is pull out all your cookie cutters and silverware and enjoy a fun frugal afternoon playing with your sweet kids!
I usually store this in my fridge for a few weeks and it keeps great!