Preschool Teacher Approved Playdough Recipe

Preschool teacher approved play dough recipe
(Photo Credit: Gina Guillotine/Flickr)

When my kids were little, they loved playdough.  Actually who am I kidding, they still love it!

Because I love to cook and so do my kids, we used to make our own playdough often.  They loved picking their colors.  Sometimes, we would scent the playdough with vanilla or peppermint extract.  Smelled so good.  Of course, I wouldn’t do this with very young children who might be tempted to eat the dough.  But then again, with these ingredients, it probably wouldn’t be that bad!

We always used this recipe from their preschool teacher.  Preschool teacher approved!  It doesn’t get any better than that.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup cold water
1 TSBP oil
coloring of your choosing

1) Sift flour, salt and cream of tartar.
2) Put all ingredients into a non-stick sauce pan and whisk together until smooth and creamy
3) Cook over medium heat stirring until a ball of dough forms (about 1 – 2 minutes)
4) Remove from heat.
5) Knead for 5 mins.  Store in airtight container.

Cream of tartar can be expensive.  I tried cutting back to 1 tsp.  It’s OK, but the cream of tartar gives the dough it’s smooth silky consistency.  If you buy cream of tartar in bulk, it is so much cheaper.  Try Whole Foods bulk bins, Penzey’s, or other bulk spice companies.

As for the coloring, when we made this dough, I was not the greenie I am now.  We used Wilton icing color paste.  Probably not the best choice.  Now I would try some natural dyes like the ones I did for Easter eggs this year replacing the water with the dye.

Have you ever made playdough?

This post is part of Vintage MauveJillify It and Frugally Sustainable.


6 Responses to Preschool Teacher Approved Playdough Recipe

  1. Brittney April 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I will need to try this out! I hate normal palydough!!!!!

  2. The Greening Of Westford April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Definitely try it Brittney. It’s pretty simple to do and the play dough is like silk! My kids thought it was so cool that they could pick their own color.

  3. Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition April 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I need to make my own play-dough! My children go through it so much. I also think it could be a great birthday party project and take home. Thanks, I am PINING.

  4. Creations by Dina April 26, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    This is the exact same recipe my mom always made us and I in turn made for my kids. My mom used to put a little wintergreen oil in it to make it smell good. I had my cub scouts make this last year. They loved it!! It is so soft and lasts forever!

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) April 26, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Isn’t great, Dina! I loved making this with my kids. What a good idea making it with cub scouts. I may need to suggest that to my son’s den.

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