Play Dough Recipe!

I decided that today would be good to make non-toxic, food safe play-dough! Playing with play-dough in early childhood has many benefits. It can aid in developing motor skills, creativity, sensory stimulation, critical thinking and more. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for those times when you don't want to do much but still need an activity for the kids. It's great for all ages… even the ones who like to eat play dough. There's nothing toxic and it's food safe!! I found this recipe almost fifteen years ago and I first used it with Ella. Since then, I've been able to tweak it to my comfort and mess around with different flavors. For Fall flavor we add 2 tsp of ground allspice!!! You can also do nutmeg or cinnamon. We sometimes use a few drops of essential oils and natural food dyes. But today we are keeping it Fall!! When you're finished playing, make sure to store in a closed container in the fridge when not using. It will last for a few months. I hope you enjoy, let me know if you make it and how it turns out! 

play dough ingredientsIngredients: 

2 cups Flour

3/4 cup Salt

4 tsp Cream of Tartar

2 TBS Coconut Oil

2 cups warm Water


1. Mix all the ingredients into a sauce pan and put it on low to medium heat.

play dough 

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2. Keep stirring as your Play-Dough is cooking on the bottom of the pan.

Be careful not to burn it and keep it moving. 

This should take approximately 10-15 minutes and should be done rather slow.

dough at bottom of pan

3. Once fully “cooked” or just looks like a solid mass. Take it off the heat and put it to the side to cool down a little.

play dough

finished play dough

4.  Once cooled a tad (enough that you can handle it but still warm so it’s moveable) take the play dough out and work it together more until smooth.

hippie farmer holding play dough

hippie farmer holding play dough