Fun with play dough

My creation

I’m always looking for new fun activities to do with Zain.  Today, I tried my hand at making homemade play dough for him.  It was super easy and he had tons of fun playing with it.

Hmm, what should I do with this stuff, mommy?

Oh, it feels funny!

I made an elephant for Zain…he liked it’s ears

What is this, mama?

Making hand prints

No, don’t eat it!

Look what Zain made! Okay, maybe mommy had fun with the play dough too

Playing with play dough is serious business

Playing with shapes

Lining up his shapes

Fun, fun, fun!

Making play dough is easy! I was glad to make my own so I didn’t have to freak out if Zain tried to eat it which of course, he did.  I made 3 separate batches so we could have different colors.  I would have made more, but we used up all the salt in the house! Zain and I played with our play dough for over an hour.  Not much will usually hold his attention that long so that says a lot about how much he loved it!

Homemade Play dough
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Warm the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a small saucepan. Use as much food coloring as you’d like. You may want to add a bit extra because the color will lighten when you add the flour.
  2. Once the mixture is warm, remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir until combined, then knead until smooth.
  4. It’s not recommended that you omit the cream of tartar as that is what will make it last longer.
  5. Will last 6 months or more stored in an airtight container or ziploc bag!
  6. Have fun!

Recipe from The Toddler’s Busy Book.



  1. says

    We love play dough, too!  Thankfully, my daughter no longer puts things in her mouth, but I’ve been meaning to make homemade playdough anyway… gonna try this one! Cute pics!


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