Patriotic homemade Play Dough: a 5 min tutorial


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

Cook all of these together in a saucepan on the stove over med-high heat for a few minuets, until it forms a lump in the pan. Turn it out onto lightly floured surface counter, and knead.

 Add food coloring if desired.

 Keep in a Tupperware container to keep it soft. 


Once it looks like this, it's ready to turn out and knead.

The kids helped.

This kept them busy for a few hours. 

Okay, maybe it just felt like a few hours...

It was peaceful. :)
Time to think.
Time to sip a coffee.
Time to chill.


  1. I love this recipe .My girls and I used to make play dough when they were younger.Your photos are great.

  2. So fun! My mom used to do this with us when we were kids and we loved it! I can't wait to try it with my son when he's old enough to know not to eat it :)

  3. I have used a playdough recipe like this for some time, fab isn't it. You can also add the food colouring whilst 'cooking' it , less messy :-)

  4. I'm going to try this one with grandchild too. I wonder though, could you use kool aid instead of food coloring? I've used it for making paint, it gives it a nice scent. Or would that be too tempting to a child? lol Do you have a recipe for home made paint? Preferably one that doesn't use flour.

    1. Thanks for popping by Bertie! I've only seen homemade paint with flour in the recipe, here is a link for homemade puffy paint: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/08/homemade-paint-recipes.html // I think you could use kool aid as a colorant-but as an alternative there are edible play dough recipes out there as well, which might be a bit safer. Good luck! ;)


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