Substantive Education

October 1, 2008

Play Dough

Filed under: Art,Education,Homeschooling — kbagdanov @ 9:22 pm
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Play dough is a favorite of kids and making your own is inexpensive and fun. My boys not only enjoyed playing with this play dough, but also enjoyed helping make it.

This method requires cooking and makes a nice smooth dough. At first it will seem to be a mess, but keep the heat low and continue to stir till it comes together. Once the dough starts to come together it will go quickly so be careful, you don’t want to burn it. (You can also microwave the dough for about 5 minutes. I haven’t had as much luck with the microwave.)

Mix in a saucepan 2 cups water, 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil (not olive oil, first it’s expensive, second the smell is pretty strong) 4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar, Food coloring, and if you like a drop of scented oil.

Once everything is mixed turn on a low heat and heat the ingredients through, stirring continually.

After the dough has come together dump it on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Kids like to help at this stage, just be sure the dough isn’t too hot.

You’re ready to go, get out the rolling pins, cookie cutters, and garlic press. My kids loved using the garlic press to make hair for their creations. When your done, just pop in a ziplock and store in the fridge.



  1. this seems to be cool but don’t know where can i get cream of tartar from!! 😦 But will try to get and make one for my daughter! πŸ™‚

    Comment by sakhi — October 2, 2008 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  2. What kind of food coloring do you use?
    I can never get that depth of color in mine,
    and I use the same recipe!

    Comment by Moorea — October 17, 2008 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  3. I work for a non-profit organization that emphasizes holistic Christian education through summer conferences, Wheatstone Academy. Thanks for the work you do here at your blog! We’re thinking about running a campaign that plays off the Plato-playdough joke everyone makes. Do you think I could use your photo for it?

    Comment by Peter David Gross — October 9, 2009 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

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