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Easy Play Dough Recipe

by Kim (follow)
This play dough recipe is super easy to make and requires no cream of tartar, just simple pantry items.

We've tested it ourselves, and can whip up a batch in about 5 minutes and have a completely customised play dough!

No Cream of Tartar Play Dough Recipe


1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
3/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Food colouring (gel or liquid)
Any seasonings or scents you would like (for any kids who will dislike the lemon smell)


Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove).
Add food colouring, liquid scents to the water mixture.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using.
After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. A wooden or plastic cooking spoon is perfect.
Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesnít seem sticky anymore. However, donít cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down.
Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.

Tip: if the dough is still a bit sticky after cooling, add it back into the pot to cook further.

A cheap and easy way to add scents and colour to the play dough is with cordial. You may need to play around with the quantities and reduce the amount of water to get the correct consistency.

One batch makes enough to fill one 500ml plastic air tight container. The dough can be stored in the fridge for about 4 days.

If you're looking for some play dough activities for toddlers, we'd recommend these:

We hope you now feel empowered to make fun scented and colored play dough for your kids!

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