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Play dough Recipes

Compiled By: Mrs. G

There are hundreds of things you can do with Play dough. Here are a variety of recipes you can use to bring out the creative side of your students.

two recipes
Posted by: Julianne

The traditional playdough recipe looks like this:

4 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
4 cups water

Mix together in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until stiff. Cool and knead. If you plan to use the dough for sculpting you should also add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

My favorite dough for creating projects is a cornstarch dough. It can be made with either salt or baking soda depending on the texture you want to achieve. Since you're thinking of using this dough for ocean floor you might want to use salt.

1 cup cornstarch
2 cups salt or baking soda
1 1/2 cups water

Mix together in a pan, bring to a boil and cook until stiff. Turn out onto a board and let cool, then knead until smooth.

Either recipe can be colored either before or after cooking, or they can be painted when dry. Cracks in the dough will appear as it dries, but you can patch them with more dough later.

microwave play-dough
Posted by: lacey

Hi! This is a recipe i used last year. It is EASY and my kids loved the smell.

I c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1T cooking oil
1 c. water
1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid or food coloring

Add food coloring or I pkg. Kool-Aid to water.

Add all the ingredients in a microwave bowl.

Stir every minute until it forms a ball. Takes 3-5 minutes.

Let it cool & store in a Zip-Lock in the refrigerator.

Playdoh recipe
Posted by: Katie

If you want your kids to be able to bake whatever they make and then paint it afterwards, an even easier recipe than the other one submitted is:

2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water

Mix together, create masterpiece and then bake for 30mins on a low heat ie 120 degrees Celcius.
Let cool and then paint. Perhaps even insert a paperclip into the back of masterpiece before you cook it so that you can hang it up.

The general rule is to bake for 30 mins per cm thick the dough is.

Playdough recipe
Posted by: LindaR

There are many...everyone has their favorite

Favorite Play-Dough Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2T. baby oil
2T. cream of tartar

Combine dry ingredients. Add liquids. Stir well. MIcrowave on high 4 to 5 minutes. Stir. Microwave an additional 1 minute. Repeat until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Cool enough to touch. Knead. Store in zip-lock bag.

Posted by: Student Teacher

hi, another teacher in my building did this today actually! She just mixed applesauce and cinnamon together. She told me to add a lot more cinnamon then applesauce, when you mix it, it should be like dough. Then the students used cookie cutters to cut out what they wanted. Then they let them dry completey. (you have to flip them after a while).

The best playdough recipe in the whole world :)
Posted by: Christine

Here is the best recipe I have ever found, and I do tons of playdough stuff!

3 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
3 tbsp. of oil
6 tsp. of creme of tartar
3 cups water
food coloring (I use icing coloring for cake makers)

Cook on a medium heat until stiff. Knead several times. Cool.

The creme of tartat is expensive when you buy it in a grocery store. I guess there is two kinds, one for "Crafting" and one for cooking. The one I get is for crafting and it is MUCH MUCH cheaper. Have fun!

Stone Dough
Posted by: L.P.

Here it is:

Stone Dough
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of brewed coffee (cold)
1 cup of used coffee grounds

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Turn out onto wax paper and knead until smooth. If dough is too sticky, fold in a little more flour. A drier dough works best. I keep dough in the refrigerator until ready to use. To keep the objects you impress from sticking, dip them in flour before pressing into the dough. Let "fossils" air dry for several days. I turned mine so they could dry faster. The dough and fossils smell great! And they look so realistic.

Salt dough Recipe
Posted by: Mrs. G

2 cups plain flour (not self-rising)
1 cup fine-grained plain salt
1/2 cup water at room temperature

Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl and then add the water. Knead the mixture for about five to 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover with cling wrap to keep the dough from drying out, and let the dough sit for 30 minutes before using.

play dough recipes
Posted by: Mrs. G

Fine dough for filigree work
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
100 grams cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Firm dough for making tiles and plates
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons wallpaper paste
1/2 cup water

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add the water. Knead the mixture for about five to 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover with cling wrap to keep the dough from drying out, and let the dough sit for 30 minutes before using.

Rubbery Play dough
Posted by: Mrs. G

Rubbery Playdough
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cornstarch

Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over medium heat until thick. Spoon onto plate or wax paper.

Oatmeal play dough
Posted by: Mrs. G

Oatmeal Playdough
1 cup flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup water

Gradually add water to flour and oatmeal in bowl. Knead until mixed (this dough is sticky, but has a unique texture.) Model as with clay.

Peanut Butter play dough
Posted by: Mrs. G

*Note- do not use this if you have students with nut allergies.!!!

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup honey
1 cup oatmeal

Mix together and play.

Jell-o play dough
Posted by: Mrs. G

Jell-O Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 (3-1/2 oz.) package "unsweetened" Jell-O

Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes. Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry.

Storage: This recipe needs to cool completely "before" storing it in an airtight container!

Note: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.