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Play dough is the perfect rainy day activity, and we love making it in our kitchen. When you make your own play dough with the best play dough recipe ever, you get way more dough for your money than when you go out and buy it. Plus, this homemade play dough is so much softer and easier to mold than the store-bought stuff!

At Kids Activities Blog, we love making play dough and have several different recipes for you to try. This DIY play dough recipe has been around forever. When I was teaching kindergarten, another teacher passed it down to me as a “trade secret” but I didn’t think it was fair not to share (what I think is) the best play dough recipe with you guys. So, here it is!

The BEST Play dough Recipe

Play dough is fun, easy to make and provides kids with hours of fun. Once you have your play dough, all you need is a clear, solid surface, a few household items for props, and imagination.

Kids can roll, sculpt and mold with play dough—and some homemade recipes are even consumable! We love that play dough allows children to use their imagination while strengthening the muscles in their fingers. Playing with play dough can be done independently, but it’s even better with friends.

When you make your own play dough with the best play dough recipe ever, you get more bang for your buck plus softer, easier to mold play dough. You can get more details on Kids Activities Blog.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Make the Best Play dough Recipe:

2 cups of flour
2 tbsp. of oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
1/2 cup of salt
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cup boiling water


Pour 2 cups of flour into a bowl.

Add 1/2 cup of salt.

Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar. (You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.)

Add 2 tbsp of oil. For this recipe I used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil, and as long as it’s a kitchen oil, your play dough will be non-toxic and safe if a little one takes a tiny taste. The sodium level is very high, so we don’t encourage this to double as a snack.

Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because this makes the dough HOT!

Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough. At this point, if you don’t want to add any food dye to your play dough, you’re finished!

After it’s cooled, to make several different colors of play dough, separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls.

Now, punch out the middle of the ball to leave a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into.

Drip your gel dye into the bowls. This is a great time to mix dye colors if you want to make another color.

Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. This is VERY messy! If you don’t want to stain your hands, use gloves, and make sure to put something down so you don’t stain your counter (like I did).