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The Best Play Dough Recipe. Ever.

Whether you need a last-minute belated gift, or you’re just looking for a fun activity to keep kids occupied this winter, homemade play dough is crazy easy to make (the kids can help!) and always fun to play with. And most of the ingredients are probably in your kitchen.

Luckily I have the VERY BEST recipe. The dough is the perfect consistency (soft, squishy, moist) — even better than the store-bought versions, I’d say.

Here’s the simple recipe for homemade play dough:

4 cups flour

2 cups salt

4 cups water

4 tbsp. cream of tartar

6 tbsp. oil (I use vegetable oil)

Food coloring (I use the highly pigmented food-color gels found in craft stores)

 

1. Cook over medium heat in a big pot, stirring constantly, until it’s stiff. There will be lumps.

2. Put the dough in a big bowl and knead until soft and smooth.

3. Package in little containers for gifts, or just PLAY!

 

This recipe makes a ton of play dough, so feel free to cut it in half if you’re just making a little for your kids.

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