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Have you ever mixed up a batch of homemade play dough? My kids ask for homemade play dough instead of store bought all the time. If you have never made your own play dough, it definitely has it’s pros over store bought. I’ve found that it lasts longer, is softer, and is less expensive over time.
I’ve made many different play dough recipes over the years, and they are require very similar ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your kitchen. When I first started making play dough, the only item that I had to purchase additionally was cream of tartar. Find it in the spice aisle of your local Target.
I have also discovered over the years that many play dough recipes make large portions. My kids had rather have several different colors with smaller portions that are closer to the size that I would purchase at the store. The proportions in the ingredient list below are the perfect size for mixing up several different colors, making this the BEST Small Batch Play Dough Recipe!
DIY Small Batch Play Dough Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup flour
- A little less than 1/4 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tarter
- Food coloring or natural coloring options
In a small pot, mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tarter.
TIP: If you have a non-stick pot, it will come in handy here! My clean-up time when I use my non-stick pan is 1/4 the time of scrubbing a pot that is not non-stick.
Add in the water and oil.
Place the mixture over medium heat.
Add coloring. I’m using store bought food coloring, but you can use any store bought or natural coloring options that you may choose. For store bought food coloring, I used a minimum of 20 drops of coloring to acquire a good color saturation.
Stir the mixture thoroughly. Continue stirring constantly. The mixture will become thicker and thicker until it is a large ball.
Remove the play dough and place it on a piece of wax paper or other non-stick surface. Let it cool. Knead the play dough. Store in a airtight container.
Repeat to make as many colors as you choose.