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How to Make Play Dough


We can show you how to make dough with just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time. This is a quick and easy tutorial that will have you on your way to rolling, stamping, squeezing and squeezing in no time.

Homemade Dough Pile

Why do we like this project?

Making playdough is really simple, but it opens up a world of imaginative sensory play for kids. You can change the intensity of your colors by simply adding more or less food coloring, check out our Easter Play Dough for inspiration on lighter pastel colors.

Different Colors of DIY Play Dough

Useful project information:

  • Age Level: 6 years and above
  • Dirt Factor: Medium
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Completion time: less than 10 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $5.00

Craft Materials You Will Need

Ingredients required for kneading dough

Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make Play Dough

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

  1. Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well.Take out the dry ingredients of the dough in a bowl
  2. Add your water and food coloring to a small bowl and mix together. To get a nice bold color, use about 5 drops of food coloring, adding as much as you deem appropriate, and continue mixing until you reach your desired intensity. Then add your vegetable oil and stir.Mix vegetable oil, water and food coloring in a bowl
  3. First put the wet ingredients in a saucepan.Wet ingredients for kneading dough in saucepan
  4. Next, add the dry ingredients to the saucepan and mix well together.Ingredients for kneading dough in a saucepanKeep stirring the red flour in a saucepan
  5. Heat saucepan over low to medium heat. When the vessel is hot, keep stirring it so that it does not stick to the bottom. You want the dough to be thick enough to hold a shape, you’ll know it’s done when it’s no longer wet.Knead the dough on a wooden spoon in a saucepan
  6. Remove from heat and let cool. – After it cools down, knead the dough until it becomes soft. If the dough is not becoming soft then you can add a few drops of water or oil.kneading red doughWheat flour plaiting

Expert Crafting Tips

  • There are lots of fun add-ons for kneading dough. foam ballsFragrance, Glow, or confetti are great options. it play dough toolIt’s wonderful for cutting, shaping, rolling and molding!
  • The more you play with the dough, the drier it will become. If it becomes too dry then add one or two drops of water to it and knead it with hands. Similarly, you can use a drop of vegetable or coconut oil in place of water to make your dough soft again.
  • Keep your dough in an air-tight container. To keep it from drying out too quickly, wrap the dough in plastic wrap or seal it in a flat plastic bag to remove air before storing in a container.
  • Cream of tartar is the secret ingredient in the dough that keeps it soft. Along with salt, it also helps preserve your flour.
boy using cookie cutter on dough

Play dough is a fun project that requires minimal materials to tackle, but provides countless hours of entertainment for kids. Grab some cookie cutters to create beautiful shapes or enjoy rolling, squeezing and molding it.

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Colorful Homemade Dough Pile

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How to Make Play Dough

Play dough is a fun project that requires minimal materials to tackle, but provides countless hours of entertainment for kids. Grab some cookie cutters to create beautiful shapes or enjoy rolling, squeezing and molding it.

prep time5 minutes

crafting time5 minutes

total time10 minutes

makes: 1 batch of dough

supply

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 spoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 5 He goes away food color More or less for desired intensity.
  • 1 Ladle Vegetable oil

craft tools

  • saucepan

  • medium sized mixing bowl

Instruction

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well.

  • Add your water and food coloring to a small bowl and mix together. To get a darker color, use about 5 drops of food coloring, adding as much as you feel is appropriate, and continue mixing until you reach your desired intensity. Then add your vegetable oil and stir.

  • First put the wet ingredients in a saucepan.

  • Next, add the dry ingredients to the saucepan and mix well together.

  • Heat saucepan over low to medium heat. When the vessel is hot, keep stirring it so that it does not stick to the bottom. You want the dough to be thick enough to hold a shape, you’ll know it’s done when it’s no longer wet.

  • Remove from heat and let cool. – After it cools down, knead the dough until it becomes soft. If the dough is not becoming soft then you can add a few drops of water or oil.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • The ingredients listed above will make 1 batch of dough. Repeat the process for multiple colors.
  • Keep your dough in an air-tight container. To keep it from drying out too quickly, wrap the dough in plastic wrap or seal it in a flat plastic bag to remove air before storing in a container.
  • Cream of tartar is the secret ingredient in the dough that keeps it soft. Along with salt, it also helps preserve your flour.

This post originally appeared here on August 20, 2021.

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