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Quick and Easy Play-Do in se7en Steps…

November 15th, 2008 · 23 Comments

I don’t know where to put this post – it isn’t a Monday Munchie, but it is a recipe… it isn’t a Tuesday Art Craft, but it leads to lots of crafting… AHA! It is a Life-Skill. If you do anything near kids, teach, mother, babysit whatever then you need to know how to make Play-Do.

There are bazillions of play-do recipe’s out there but this is the one I use and is stuck in my brain. It is quick, easy and you can make heaps of it at a time. The replay value is brilliant, it lasts for months in a sealed container, and I mean months. And it is very cheap entertainment!


Let’s Meet the Players:

  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • food coloring

Play the Game:

Step 1: Measure the flour and cream of tartar into a bowl, ready to pour.


Step 2: Place the salt, water, oil and food coloring in a pot.


Step 3: Heat the pot gently and stir all the time.


Step 4: As soon as the pot boils pop the flour mixture in and stir the flour through.


Step 5: You get a really lumpy bumpy mixture.


Step 6: Now you knead it for about five minutes – I use my hefty machine!


Step 7: Until it is smooth and silky.


There you go: A surprise for the Hoods in the morning!


This play-do is fabulous to use for making quick and easy juggling balls.

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23 responses so far ↓

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  • 2 Debbie // Nov 15, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Funny, I also did a Play dough post this week!
    For a Christmassy flair, give each one a sprinkle of glitter on their blob and let them work it in and some christmassy-shaped cutters. (also good for making tree decorations but with salt dough which can be baked, they make nice gifts too!)

  • 3 se7en // Nov 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you. I love the glitter idea – definitely a fun Christmas gift idea.

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  • 9 Olivia // Sep 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I make the same playdo! Only, I use equal parts salt and flour and I don’t do steps. Just throw everything in the pot and stir on the stove till it comes together.

  • 10 se7en // Sep 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Hi O, Thanks for the tip… if I don’t make play do this week I will be in serious trouble!!! Have a good day!

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