The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Play-Dough is always a favorite when you have little ones running around.  This will be the last play-dough recipe that you will ever need! This post is all about The BEST Play-Dough Recipe! It’s quick, it’s easy and seriously…it makes the BEST play-dough on the planet.

There are SOOOOOO many reasons to love play-dough!!

  1. Play-dough is so universally loved by the young and the old!
  2. It provides a rich tactile experience for the little ones!
  3. ANYTHING can be partnered with play-dough to make a super fun activity opportunity!
  4. It provides an opportunity to be creative in what the person creates!
  5. It is a great stress reliever for friends who are having a difficult managing their emotions!
  6. There are SO many variations that can be made to make the activity “new” again, such as new color, new smell or adding texture, like sand or glitter.

Alright, so here are the steps! (See full recipe at the bottom)

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Combine the dry ingredients, flour, salt and cream of tartar. Now you may be wondering if the cream of tartar is necessary! The answer is indubitably, YES, if you want your play-dough to not dry out quickly. It really does make it softer and more pliable for a longer period of time! This is where you would add your dry scent, if you are adding one!

One thing that I love to do to enhance this sensory activity is by adding a scent to it. The rule of thumb is if it is a dry scent like pumpkin spice or cinnamon, add it to the dry ingredients. If you are adding a liquid scent such as peppermint or vanilla, you would add it to the wet ingredients BEFORE combining the wet and dry ingredients together.

Now combine the wet ingredients, boiling water, oil and food coloring.

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Once the wet and dry and ingredients are well combined separately, you now can now add them together.


The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

This batch is great for up to 4 children.

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Now, the endless possibilities begin. I like to place it on a tray to create an invitation to play. If I am using a tray, I place an anti-slip liner under said tray to avoid slipping. The tray scenario works well if you are providing same toys to each child because it offers a sort of play “station” that is all their own. If you are using communal toys, like cookie cutters that everyone can use, I would simply place the play-dough on the table, creating 4 places, 1 piece of play-dough at each place and the cookie cutter in the center for all the children to share. This is just my preference.

Here is an example with some cookie cutters, a small bucket and a a popsicle stick, or a little rolling pin.

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Another great example is to add animals to create animal tracks! Stamps also work well in this scenario!

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One could also create a habitat in the play-dough.

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Even something as simple as a bowl and spoon will entertain the kiddos!

The BEST Play-Dough Recipe

Get creative or keep it basic. Either one will provide you children with a memorable and rich tactile experience!

Try it out and let me know!

Until my next post,


The BEST Play-Dough Recipe
Recipe type: Play-dough
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Serves: 4-6
This is a quick and easy Play-Dough recipe that will definitely please the kiddos! Add pumpkin or apple pie spice or some scented oil like peppermint for a delicious smelling tactile experience!
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • scented spice (optional)
  1. Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar. If you are adding a scented spice, this is where you would add it.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Combine boiling water, oil, If adding food coloring, you would add it here.
  5. Mix the dry and wet ingredients and knead the play-dough until well combined.
  6. Add more flour if the play-dough is sticky!


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