This original recipe comes from earthfriendlytips.com.
I have absolutely loved play dough as an activity for my toddler. It’s something we can do together, or keeps her busy as independent play while I get other work done. And while there are countless options for toy accessories out there, we’ve found pleasure in simply a wooden rolling pin, cutter, and play dough stamps from Woodland Creations.
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1.5 tablespoons of oil (avocado or olive is what I keep around)
- Natural dye & essential oils (optional)
- Combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar (and colouring if using – see below) in a saucepan.
- Slowly stir in the water and oil.
- Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough begins to thicken.
- Once the dough forms a ball, remove from heat.
- When the dough is cool enough to touch, knead until it’s smooth.
- If desired, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give the homemade playdough some scent.
- Store the dough in an airtight container or glass jar to keep it soft and fresh for a few months.
Natural Dyes (powders):
I have found that using powders is easiest to dye the play dough when you don’t use artificial or liquid food dyes. I started by mixing it in 1 teaspoon of water to create a liquid, but soon discovered it mixes easier and with stronger colour when combined right into the flour at the beginning.
- Pink: 1 teaspoon pink pitaya powder.
- Yellow: 1 teaspoon turmeric powder.
- Purple: 1 teaspoon acai berry powder.
- Green: 1 teaspoon spirulina powder.
- Brown: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, OR sub 1/4 cup of the flour with cocoa powder for an aromatic dough.