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Play dough is a fun, clay - like substance that kids love! It is very easy to make, and provides hours of fun! It can be expensive to buy at stores, but it's very easy and costs nothing to make it at home! The only materials you will need are:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye (any color, be creative!)
newspaper to cover the surface you're working on

It only takes about 10 minutes to make

Some credit goes to my younger sister for the help. (most of the pictures are of her.)

Step 1: Set Up

Find a good work space (I used the floor) and cover it with newspaper. also, find a medium sized bowl for mixing.
<p>i made it but have no images.</p><p>by the way i give this instructable no credit because i made it before i saw it</p><p>check out my instructable, how to take apart a computer by karatedragon6</p><div>by the way add more salt and a little baby powder to make it dry out less</div>
<p>How much salt? </p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any</p>
<p>it is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any more oil</p>
<p>it is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any more oil</p>
<p>soooooooooooooooooooooooooo ccccoooooollllllll!!!!!!!</p>
<p>it actually works!!!!!!!!!! its really cool!!!!!!i love!!!!!!!</p>
<p>I didn't do pit but I am think of doing it, instead of food dye can I substitute food dye for a cool aid packet?</p>
<p>really good love it\</p>
<p>I made it and it was so easy i just added 1 tsp of oil before i mixed it. i left it white because gel coloring stains you hands for about a week otherwise Awesome!!</p>
<p>I also stored the play dough in mason jars</p>
<p>Made this it was easy and simple I had rubber gloves and put the white dough in them with the coloring and let the kids mix it they had a blast and they are playing to their hearts content!!! Thank you so much this!!</p>
<p>I've made this several times and it always comes out great! We're currently playing with it again right now. The kids love it. </p>
<p>This recipe is a great base. I added a little oil and cream of tartar. You do have to use your judgment. If it is wet just add flour. If it is dry, just add some water or oil. By base, I mean that it is a great foundation for creativity. We added Kool-Aid for the scent and some food coloring to boost the color. As others have posted, you could add oils like peppermint or cinnamon, or jazz it up with some glitter. Just be creative with your kids. My daughter has been playing with this for a half an hour as I write this and it has not started to dry out yet. Even if it does after a while, it was still a heck of a lot cheaper than the store bought stuff. We are going to store it in a zip bag and keep it in the fridge. I will post how this works out. Thanks for the recipe!</p>
It works great love it works better with a teaspoon of any oil
this does not work it came out to sticky i had to throw it out but thx anyway for posting
<p>it came out sticky for me as well I just added more flour. but the 2nd batch I did less water and substituted oil came out perfect </p>
you just had to put flour into it
<p>this is fabulous!! i made it :-D i have had so many disasters with recipes, but thanks to you :-) i made it :-) i just added a little olive oil and a sprinkle of corn flour :-) thank you :-)</p>
I just made this with two 4-year-old boys. We each made our own batch, so they could each do *and* watch. The recipe works well. Each batch came out a little different in texture at first, but as noted, it's easy to add a bit of flour to make it thicker or less sticky, or water if gets too thick to mix. The boys are delighted with the huge batches (compared to commercial sets) and custom colors.
Added a little oil and used some of my water colors mixed when I added liquids. Plus koolaid to make it smell fruity!
<p>Thanks so much for this great recipe!</p>
awesome thanks
<p>I made this recipe and it worked great! I didn't add any coloring, keeping the color white and added glitter and a little peppermint extract. Next time I'll dissolve the salt in warm water first but I'm overall happy with how it came out! The recipe made a ton. I think I'll make some different scented ones, cinnamon, almond; the possibilities are endless! </p>
<p>It's a gd recipe for making dough. When I made it , it turned out too sticky so had to keep adding more flour to get the right consistency. Also, we had no color at home, so I dissolved some turmeric powder in water &amp; added that to make a yellow colored dough. :)</p>
<p>The only colour I had was black, so I ended up making half black and half white.</p><p>It's really fun :) If I held it gooped everywhere.</p><p>Keep it in wax paper or similar - It won't stick. And don't use gel dyes. Anyone who touches it will have [coloured] hands for the rest of the week xD</p>
i love my sister and brother love it 2<br>
hey there i must agree with you because my childeren love to help me make it because you dont have to cook it they can help me.
i dont agree mine did not work came out too sticky my kids threw it out
<p>You're meant to add more flour for less sticky.</p>
<p>A good tip is to use gel food colors instead of liquid if you want a brighter, bolder color. And the previous poster who talked about &quot;highlighter juice&quot; meant she broke open highlighter pens with liquid ink and mixed that in because highlighter colors (all of them) are blacklight reactive. I made this and I found I had to keep adding more flour because it kept getting sticky but after a while it seemed okay. It didn't matter much because the kids had fun nbecause they got to make it all by themselves, mixing the gooey mess (at first) and had fun molding with the play-doh like mixture when it was finished. </p>
<p>a bread maker is the best , cleanest way, to mix your play dough! use it on dough setting</p>
<p>if you make this and put it in a piping bag you can use it as dohvinci</p>
<p>Back in the good-old seventies we added a tablespoon of alum powder (aluminium potassium <br> sulfate or similar) however since this is poisonous (moderately so if properly mixed into the dough) I recently saw a new receipe using citric acid instead. Perhaps that will keep the dough from drying out?</p>
<p>*bump*</p>
<p>I'm always on the lookout for easy &amp; affordable toddler activity ideas and this fits the bill:) We included it in a roundup of such activity ideas over at Hint Mama. Here's the link and enjoy:) http://hintmama.com/2014/08/28/todays-hint-7-affordable-easy-diy-activities-for-toddlers/</p>
i added glitter, highlighter juice, and mint essence. makes blacklight reactive, glittery, and smells great!
Highlighter juice. Do you mean whiteout? I should think there are other things that could also make it blacklight reactive. They might even result in different colors.
Can you give some examples, please? I love playdough but playdough that reacts to black light would be totally awesome! :)
<p>But you probably want to keep it non toxic. I am curious what he meant also. Does sound awesome.</p>
Highlighter Juice that Polerix talked about is probably the ink from an orange, yellow or green highlighter pen, but you would probably have to ask him directly. What occurred to me is that Visine and Quinine (Tonic Water) both flouresce under UV light.
<p>Without the oil, cream of tartar and cooking it was too sticky. I prefer the cooked version. I also add jello to the flour mix to have it smell good. Thank you though your pics and instructions are very clear. Love your snail. </p>
<p>added glitter </p>
<p>i did this today. my daughters is a dark green and mine a dark purple.......love it thanks for the instructions</p>

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