Play dough recipe


by The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

As the weather gets colder children are spending more and more time inside. They still need the stimulation and play opportunities that outside time provides. When it’s just too cold or wet to get out, parents need inside activities that will fill the gap. For children who need sensory play, try play dough.


Play dough recipe:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 t cream of tartar

2 cups water

2 T oil

Food coloring


Mix dry ingredients in a large saucepan.

Add the wet ingredients slowly, stirring constantly over a medium/low heat. The mixture will be lumpy, then sticky, then doughy. When the play dough is done it will pull away from the pan and make a ball.

After it’s cool, knead until smooth and store in a plastic, air tight bag.