If you are like me, you are always seeking easy and inexpensive ways to entertain the kiddos on long, rainy days! Homemade play dough always seems to be a big hit and a great one for the little ones to help you make, too! This 5 ingredient DIY play dough is made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, and you have the option of adding in food coloring for color and/or peppermint or vanilla extract for scent. What I love is that if your kids actually ingest it, it is made with edible, all-natural ingredients and won’t harm them!
1 cup unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup water
All-natural food coloring* (optional)
2 drops Vanilla or Peppermint extract** (optional)
In medium saucepan, place 1 cup unbleached flour, 2 tsp. cream or tartar, and 1/3 cup salt. Stir to combine.
Add the wet ingredients (water and canola oil). Turn burner on low to medium/low heat. Start mixing ingredients together, making sure to scrape the sides of the saucepan as you stir.
Continuing stirring, and once the dough becomes more solid, add the food coloring and essential oil (both optional). Continue to stir until the dough becomes thicker and starts to stick to the spoon, lifting away from the pan. When it starts to do so, the dough is ready.
Place the dough on parchment paper or wax paper to cool. Once cool, it is ready for little hands to create and play!
Store in a glass container, such as a Mason jar or glass bowl with lid, or a plastic Ziploc bag, when not in use.
* “Mom” prefers India Tree’s all-natural food coloring for a non-toxic play dough.
** Want to add a light scent to your play dough? Both peppermint and vanilla extract lightly scent the play dough by simply adding two drops to the dough when cooking.
Please note: Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on how much dough you want to make.