Saturday, August 27, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

Homemade Play Dough
In my quest to be more domestic I recently decided to make homemade play dough. I figure that's what stay-at-home moms do, right? Make homemade play dough for their kids.

It was a bit of a disaster. And messy. 

I found a great website called Playdough Recipe. They have many recipes and I tried two of them.

The first was the No Cook Playdough Recipe.


1 cup of flour

1 cup of boiling water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

a half cup of salt

1 tablespoon of oil


Mix all the ingredients together.

You'd think I would be better able to follow directions! You'd think I'd know where my own measuring cups are in my own kitchen! I couldn't find the 1 cup but I did have the 1/2 cup. I figured that was okay I could just put in two 1/2 cups, right? Simple math. Well, I got a bit distracted and forgot one of the 1/2 cups.

It turned out like this.

You probably can't tell but that is goo you are looking at, not dough. It was really sticky! Once I realized what I had done and that my goo needed more flour, I kept adding more flour to it until it resembled dough. It was a mess!

This guy loved it! Sticky goo to play with, Mom? Thanks!

Because it was so sticky we couldn't cut out shapes. Which was a bit dissapointing to my daughter.

With one play dough recipe finished I was out of cream of tartar but I wasn't sastified and neither was Annabelle. I decided to try the No Tarter Play dough recipe.

1 cup of water

1 cup of salt

a half of cup flour

any color of food coloring

Cook over low heat. When it doughs up remove from heat and cool.

Does that look like low heat?!!!!

I don't know what happened here. Obviously I didn't read the "low heat" part in the directions and apparently when you heat up a flour mixture too quickly it burns. The smell wasn't great either!

It ended up less sticky and more doughy. Big mess though! I'm still finding dough in places dough shouldn't be.

In conclusion, I think I'll buy the Play dough instead!!!


  1. I just have to smile and laugh at your homemade play dough experience. Months back I too decided to make play dough... it was a sticky mess! My kiddos had fun just the same. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sorry the play doh didn't quite turn out. Don't feel bad. When I taught preschool, a mom decided she would make play doh and bring it in for the kids to play with. She used tarter sauce instead of cream of tarter and it stunk and had bits of food in it.

    Once you buy your play doh come by as I just posted some play doh activities.

    I am a new follower from the Link and Learn from No Time For Flashcards.


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