Play Dough Recipe
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Play Dough Recipe

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Creating this play dough is super-easy. The best part is that you can customize batches to any color. —Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:1 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 1 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Food coloring


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the flour, cream of tarter and salt. Gradually add the water and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until a ball forms.
  2. Cool. Divide dough and knead in colors as desired. Store in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Play Dough in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p11

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I followed the recipe exactly. It appeared to have way too much liquid. After about 12 minutes on medium heat and it still being a goopy mess, I poured flour on my countertop then kneaded till it formed into a ball. It appears to be good now but I gave 3 stars because I felt the recipe is misleading."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"This play dough is very nice and soft and soooo superior to the bought "stuff!" If keep properly wrapped, it lasts for months!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Awesome fun for kids who love the kitchen and they can use it over and over and create thier own colors. Thank you"

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