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By Wendy C. R.N., BA

4/1/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

What kid doesn't love to play with play dough?

Every child loves to play with play dough and making your own play dough with your child can be fun. Here are three easy recipes for great homemade play dough.

Home made Play Doh is so much fun.

Home made Play Doh is so much fun.

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By Wendy C. R.N., BA

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/1/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: kids, play dough, fun, crafts, activity,


Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation.

Homemade Play Doh

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
a few drops of food coloring
Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over a very low heat until it turns into a dough (it'll take just a few minutes). Knead the dough on a floured surface until cool enough for kids to touch. Separate the dough into as many colors as you want to make. Put just a few drops of coloring in each ball and knead until evenly mixed.

I store the dough in a fridge in an extra jar I have lying around. This way, it usually lasts for months!

To add some texture to the dough, try a few tablespoons of coffee grounds or rolled oats. Some kids love this, some don't.

Kids love to play with play dough


3 more easy recipes for making homemade play dough

Recipe 1

3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbsp. oil
3 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Keep the play dough air tight to make it last


Recipe 2

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup water

Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don't over cook this dough or it will crumble.

Cute creations in play dough


Recipe 3

1/4 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This dough doesn't last as long as the cooked recipes.

Divide dough into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use food coloring or unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.

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