Nana's Play Dough




About: Jack-of-all trades, master of some. I would probably be much more modest if it wasn't for these delusions of granduer that I suffer from.

A quick and easy playdough that the kids can help you make.

As long as it is stored properly it will last for quite a long time before it gets too hard to play with.

Since the ingredients are all common cooking ingredients, you don't have to worry if one of the kids decides to take a bite of the "cookie" they made. 

It will just taste really gross. 

Don't ask me how I know.....

Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients

1 cup warm Water
1 cup Flour
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Salt
food coloring

In a saucepan over medium heat combine the ingredients.

If you want you can whisk the ingredients together to get them combined with no lumps, but it will soon thicken to the point that you will need to switch to a wooden spoon to continue stirring.

Step 2: Cooking the Dough

Before the dough starts to thicken you can add the food coloring.

Continue to stir until the dough forms a ball in the pan.

Remove the dough from the heat.

Step 3: Getting the Cooked Dough Ready

Pour the dough out of the pan and onto a work surface.

Knead the dough until smooth.  This is a step best left to the adults since the dough will still be very warm at this point.  By the time you have the dough kneaded smooth it should be cool enough for the kids to handle.

Step 4: Play and Storage

Now comes the hard part .. deciding what to make first.

When you are done playing, store the dough in an airtight container or sandwich bag. 



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    9 Discussions

    mary pearce

    7 years ago on Introduction

    thank you for the pay dough recipes i am of to make some now for my little ones


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made this years ago for my own kids and substituted baby oil for the vegetable oil. It smelled nicer and the kids loved it.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    A word of advice on the baby oil- it is very dangerous to consume so watch the kids dont eat it to be on the safe side. A small amount if ingested straight from the bottle can be enough to kill young children. Why they don't have safety caps is unbelievable!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! One piece of advice would be to change the first picture so that the main picture is of the play dough.

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