User Post: How to Make the Best Homemade Play Dough

I'm afraid that I can't take full credit for this recipe! It's via my daughter's preschool teacher. However, I will tell you that it doesn't dry out as quickly as the main brand, smells nice, and is a more natural substitute.

Homemade Play Dough

2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
4 tbsp Cream of Tartar
2 cups water mixed with 2 tbsp oil
2 packs of unsweetened Kool Aid

Combine in a saucepan over low heat. When the mixture starts to take on a play dough consistency, turn off the heat and let it cool completely. It will stay very sticky and gooey when it's hot.


  • Don't use Pineapple Kool Aid. You'd think it would turn the dough yellow, but the color will be off white instead.
  • Glam it up with glitter.
  • Package it up as a party favor or gift.
  • Store in an air tight container when not in use.
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*Katie Dillon writes La Jolla Mom, an award winning lifestyle site about food, travel, parenting, homekeeping, and local happenings. She lives in La Jolla with her husband and preschool aged daughter, and is a proud member of the Yahoo! Mother Board.