Non-toxic, non-sticky, never gets hard, and easy to clean up too! Made with simple ingredients from the kitchen, and super simple to make. I guarantee, it’s a play dough you won’t regret having around. (Recipe below)
We have been making this homemade version of play dough for at least 30 years, and I have never found one that is as good as this one. The store bought version costs a lot for what you get, sticks to everything and often gets hard in the can before the kids even get to play with it. Heaven forbid some gets into the rug and trampled in…yeah, good luck with that!
I have first hand experience knowing that this version is a breeze to clean up. When my kids were little, we had a set of bunk beds. The kids would spend hours making stuff with my play dough at their little table in their room. Little did I know that a good sized chunk of it got between the wall and the bunk bed set. Rooms get cleaned, vacuumed and all, but nobody really moves a bunk bed set. Imagine my surprise when we re-arranged the room and there was this big hunk of dough stuck and ground into the rug! To my amazement, it did not get hard, and cleaned right up with some soap and water…and it didn’t even leave a stain. Had it been the store bought plastic version, I know it wouldn’t have come out, and that dough would have been a permanent fixture on the rug.
The other day I was going through a box of my grandson’s outgrown toys. I was surprised to see a zip top bag filled with my homemade play dough. Keep in mind, I hadn’t made it since the other grandkids were here…two whole years ago. The play dough was still soft, hadn’t spoiled at all, and looked exactly the same as the day I made it. Not even a funky junky odor to it. Haha, so I did what any (in)sane gramma would do, I played with it a while just to see. In 2 years it didn’t go bad, now that’s saying something.
This stuff works well in those PlayDough machines; this stuff is easier to push through, and easier to clean up. Just throw them in the sink and wash them up, it doesn’t stick to all the inside parts like the other ‘stuff’, it just dissolves away in the wash water!
BETSY’S HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH
Non-stick, non-toxic, stays soft for months in a zip lock
3 cups regular white flour
1 1/2 cups salt
6 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar (I have used 5, still came out ok)
3 Tablespoons salad oil
3 Cups water
Put all into a large pot and cook on medium heat, stirring until dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. (You will know it’s ready when it turns into a big ball and everything is mixed in.) Remove from heat and let cool a little. Then knead in food coloring a few drops at a time to get the color you want.
NOTE: I usually split it into 3 or 4, just so the kids have more colors of the dough. This makes about 2 pounds worth. Store in the fridge in a covered bowl, or zip lock bags. Keeps 6 months without getting hard, and can be used over and over again.