Play Dough Recipe


  • 4 Cups of flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup table salt
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • almost 5 Cups hot tap water
  • 4 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring


Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl. In a pitcher, combine water, vegetable oil and food coloring. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Add more food coloring if you’d like (FYI – the color will get darker when it is cooked). Pour into a pan (non-stick is helpful!) and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir until mixture becomes firm and holds together, and is not too sticky. You might get brave and give it a feel to see if it sticks to your fingers when you press it gently. When it is cooked, turn it out into a plastic grocery bag. Knead the dough in the bag while it is still hot. Once cooled down it is ready for playing. Store in a sealed container. Have fun!