Best Classic Play Dough Recipe

We always change this recipe up to make different themed doughs. This time the girls had fun ripping flower petals and leaves to create this beautiful dough. The more the girls played with the dough the pinker it got all from the natural dyes!

We always change this recipe up to make different themed doughs. This time the girls had fun ripping flower petals and leaves to create this beautiful dough. The more the girls played with the dough the pinker it got all from the natural dyes!

Okay, here is the BEST classic play dough recipe. The last batch we made was over 6 months ago and is still so soft! We have honestly never bought play dough from the store, this recipe is just too good! I hope you love it as much as we do!

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup salt

  • 4 tsp cream of tarter

  • 2 T. oil

  • Food coloring

I always let my girls help during the entire process (except kneading the dough at first because it's a little hot). Letting them be apart of the measuring, pouring, and mixing is great for development and allows us to have conversations about math concepts, wet vs. dry ingredients, and turn taking.

I always let my girls help during the entire process (except kneading the dough at first because it's a little hot). Letting them be apart of the measuring, pouring, and mixing is great for development and allows us to have conversations about math concepts, wet vs. dry ingredients, and turn taking.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until ball is formed. *NOTE: the play dough will need to be the consistency you want in the finished product BEFORE you remove from heat* Remove from heat. Knead dough for about 3 minutes. Separate and add in food coloring if desired. Store in an airtight container or wrap. 

Seriously that's it! Your life will be changed, now go make some play dough! Stay tuned for some other fun themed doughs and recipes!

They had to use fine motor skills to rip, pull and tear the leaves and flower petals

They had to use fine motor skills to rip, pull and tear the leaves and flower petals

My 3 year old loved using the scoops to try and grind up the flower petals. This would be a perfect time to pull out a motor and pestle for them to experiment with! (We currently don't have one, but it's saved on my amazon list!) A motor and pestle would probably help those natural dyes to come out sooner as well.

My 3 year old loved using the scoops to try and grind up the flower petals. This would be a perfect time to pull out a motor and pestle for them to experiment with! (We currently don't have one, but it's saved on my amazon list!) A motor and pestle would probably help those natural dyes to come out sooner as well.

Remember play is process oriented more than it is product oriented. So let them experiment and play with the supplies you provide as they wish! My 3 year old was more interested in pulling off the flower petals and leaves, while the almost 2 year old simply pulled off the flowers and stuck them into the dough. They both were engaged and loved using all of their senses in play.

Remember play is process oriented more than it is product oriented. So let them experiment and play with the supplies you provide as they wish! My 3 year old was more interested in pulling off the flower petals and leaves, while the almost 2 year old simply pulled off the flowers and stuck them into the dough. They both were engaged and loved using all of their senses in play.