Homemade Play Dough

Homemade Play Dough

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There are a lot of homemade play dough recipes out there. I have tried a few and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. So I wanted to share with you a recipe that actually works and is fun to make with your kids.

Lori's Homemade Play Dough
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Cups Salt
  • 2 T. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 T. Cream of Tarter
  • Food Coloring
  • Orange or Lemon Essential Oils
  • Glitter
  • Kerr Jars or Plastic Baggies
  1. Combine flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tarter in a non-stick cake pan.
  2. Mix until you achieve a dough-like consistency. This mixture will become less sticky as it sits, however if the mixture seems overly sticky at this point you can add more salt to absorb some of the moisture.
  3. Divide your dough into the amount of colors you wish to make.
  4. Roll each section into a ball and form into a bowl shape to add your food coloring, essential oils and/or glitter.
  5. Add the desired amount of food coloring, 3-4 drops of essential oils and glitter into your dough bowl.
  6. Fold your dough and begin to mix.
  7. Store dough in Kerr Jars or plastic baggies.

If you want a non-toxic version of play dough for the case of accidental ingestion, simply omit the glitter. However, you still do not want to encourage your kids to eat it, especially after playing with it.

Essential Oils

I used Sweet Orange and Lemon Veriditas Essential Oils from Coborn’s to make my homemade play dough. This gives the play dough a fresh smell to cover the smell of all of that salt. When choosing essential oils to add to your play dough please keep in mind that you want them to be safe for your child. For example, I would not suggest using a peppermint oil simply because if your child touched their eyes after playing with the dough it could easily irritate their eyes. To play it safe if you add essential oil, make sure your kids wash their hands before and after playing with your new homemade play dough.

I would encourage you to not only make this FOR your kids, but WITH your kids. Get a little messy, have a little fun and enjoy!


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