Traditional Play Dough

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup warm water
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon oil
* 1/4 cup salt
* food coloring

Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last.

Cook over medium heat until smooth. Continue cooking after the mixture thickens, and continue to cook until the dough comes together in the pan to form a ball. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when completely cool.

Store in a cool place and avoid allowing condensation to form in the storage container.


  1. Dont use whole wheat flour! Thats all I had in my cupboard so I thought i would give it a try. The food coloring didnt mix in and it just didnt turn out well.

  2. Totally worth the small effort involved. My 3 year old helped me make it and now she’s engrossed with cutting the finished product with cookie cutters. THANKS!

  3. Thanks, Kerry! I was wondering why some of my batches had turned out sticky over the years. Now I know I just need to cook it long enough.

  4. Love this! Might want to add that you need to cook until a soft solid dough is formed. Was a little confused at first. I made a triple batch without color, put dough onto a cookie sheet and divided it into 6 portions. I then kneaded the dough with gel food color. Worked beautifully. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I doubled this for my grandkids. They loved it! Make sure you cook it until the dough comes together in the pan, in a ball. This only takes a few minutes on medium.

  6. Hope you gys know, if you use tartar, you risk to hurt your kids. The same by using alum. Here in Germany kids had reactions with skin, eyes and mouth. In higher concentration you will get poisoned.

    Citrus acid is natural and works the same way. If your kids like to eat it, remember high salt concentration…. citrus acid works also with sugar. And by the way backing powder is a mixture of citrus acid and corn starch, but be careful raw dough will maybe cause stomach aches.

    There are recepies without chemical…. be good parents… connect information… will not write to all recepies.

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