Best Play Dough Ever!

My kids LOVE Play Dough.  They have since they were itty bitty and they still do (and they are 7 and 8 years old).  This is my mom's recipe that she made for me and my brothers when we were kids.  I made them a fresh batch last night and packaged it up like little pumpkins.  
Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup warm water
food coloring
2 tbsp. veg. oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a pot.  Combine the wet ingredients in the bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the pot with the dry ingredients and stir with a whisk.  Try to get out as many of the lumps as possible.  Put the pot on the stove on Med-high heat and continue stirring.
Stir with whisk until the dough begins to thicken, then change to a spoon.  The dough will become very thick.
Cook and stir until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.  (This picture shows the dough seconds away from being done).
Remove from the pan and it is done!  Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes.  This dough is soft and pliable and it lasts a really long time.  My kids prefer it over the store bought kind.  Oh, and because it has so much salt, it tastes really bad and kids don't want to eat it (and if they do, there is nothing in it that will hurt them).


  1. This would great if you added an orange scent! citrus scented play doh!

  2. Add a few drops of Orange Essential oil and bam, scented play dough!

  3. How many of the little orange balls in the picture can you make with this one batch?

  4. Can you use gluten free flour? My daughter has a life-threatening allergy and I'm still trying to find a good recipe. I agree that orange essential oil or even pumpkin spice would be yummy! :)

  5. I made this tonight using pumpkin pie spice. Smells pretty good. Not as orange as I thought it would be. Suppose to rain all day tomorrow so thought I would pull out the play dough on a rainy day.


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