Play dough is an arts and crafts household staple. And while the store-bought variety is always a good option, you can also make your own play dough from ingredients you already have around the house with this easy, natural hack that’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
For this project, you will need:
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp iodized salt
½ tbsp cream of tartar
½ tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp natural food coloring
¼ cup hot water
Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the natural food coloring with hot water, then gradually add it to the other ingredients and thoroughly stir.
Knead the dough until it softens, then roll it into a ball.
Repeat steps 1-3 with different food coloring to make tons of colors!
Now that you’ve made your own DIY play dough, here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of it!
Play Dough Hack 1: Bake Them To Make Them Last Forever
Preserve your little one’s relics for years to come. Pop the play dough sculptures in the oven at a low temperature, so the play dough hardens, solidifying their appearance.
Play Dough Hack 2: Make Fun Shapes With Cookie Cutters
Use cookie cutters to easily create delightful figures, like hearts and stars, out of a flattened lump of play dough.
Play Dough Hack 3: Make It Last For 6 Months
Store the play dough in an airtight container so kids can play with it again and again for up to 6 months.
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