Sunday, April 1, 2012

Foodie Fun: Homemade Play-Doh!

I don't know about your kid, but my toddler really enjoys eating things are most definitely not food. Just today while having brunch, she managed to eat about 4 paper napkins, giggling the entire time, quite pleased with herself.  Oh well, to each their own. Because I knew that Piper would just immediately stick store-bought Play-Doh in her mouth thinking it was super colorful awesome food, I decided it was time to make a version that tasted nasty but wouldn't kill her if she did consume it. It was really fun to make and an older child would probably really enjoy making it with you! I did it while mine was still sleeping in the morning as this recipe only takes about 20 minutes tops.


1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
food coloring

1.  Mix all the ingredients in a pot on the stove over medium heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens into a ball.
2.  Remove ball and place onto wax paper.  Immediately soak your pot or it will be like trying to remove cement.
3.  Knead out the ball until it is perfectly smooth.
4.  Separate the dough into 4 equal parts by using a pizza cutter or a knife.

5.  Drop a small amount of food coloring onto one of the parts, fold in on itself repeatedly until the color is mixed evenly throughout. Continue adding color until desired color is reached.

6.  Repeat for other 3 parts with different colors.
7.  Bring out the apple corer, measuring cups, and egg beaters to watch your toddler experiment with their brand new homemade play-doh. Please use common sense when allowing your child to play with an apple corer and never let them play with sharp metal objects unattended. Sorry to even have to say that, but you just never know these days....
8.  I stored mine in very cheap plastic tupperware containers with lids and so far, it has not dried out!  I hope you all have a blast making this with your kiddos!


  1. how simple and fun is this idea, i love it!!!!

  2. It was really fun to make too! I am not an artistic person so this is probably the most creative thing I've ever.