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Play Dough

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
    2-1/2 cups


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


  • 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.
  • Cool. Divide dough and knead in colors as desired. Store in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.

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  • Julie
    Jan 20, 2021

    Worked great for me! Texture is perfect :) I sifted the flour, and used 3TBSP of baking powder, as I didn't have cream of tartar, grapeseed oil... Anyways, it's great!

  • boody
    Nov 25, 2017

    My dough turned out to be little sticky, and if I added he right amount of water it would have been a goop but other then that it turned out good

  • wandh112
    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.

  • horizonkitchen
    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!

  • RindaMay
    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