For some reason, even though we start out with full tubs of store bought Play Doh, we end up with only a tiny smidgen after a day’s play. Do the kids eat it? Is it stuck underneath the couch? I have no idea. But I do know that it’s a pain to keep going out to buy the stuff. So, we’ve stopped playing with store bought dough because it’s so easy to make homemade play dough and there are so many ways to do it.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
If your mixture is too dry, add more oil (just a smidge at a time). If it’s too wet and sticky, add more flour. It stores well for days in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. I like being able to easily make a new batch when the one we’ve been playing gets gritty and gross. You can also add food coloring, scented extract, or spices to liven up the plain dough:
I didn’t glue anything down in case the recipients opt to use the tubs for food storage or another purpose instead of a play dough bin.
Are you making homemade gifts for the holidays? Please share!