With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own play dough to use at home.  Here is the recipe that we use to make play dough for our classrooms.

Play Dough Recipe

  • 5 tbsp of cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup of salt
  • 3 cups of flour
  • .14 oz. pkg of unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Food coloring of choice (the Kool-Aid will color the mixture also)

Stir all of the dry ingredients into a large pot. Slowly add the water and oil. Using a large wooden spoon. Blend the mixture until all of the lumps are gone. Stir in several drops of food coloring till you have the desired color. (the dough will darken as it cooks.) Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly with a large spoon until it forms a ball. While the mixture is still warm, knead it on a lightly floured board for several minutes or until the dough has a soft, satiny feel. Store the dough in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a month