One of the great things about the Internet is finding out new and fun things from other bloggers. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t find a recipe or a project that I’d like to do. Just the other day, my friend Amanda from Natural Mommie, posted a simple, all natural recipe for Play dough. I’ve tried several recipes before and haven’t ever one that really resembled “real” store bought dough. But, this one looked simple and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I whipped it up. WOW! We loved this recipe! It is NOW my go-to recipe for play dough Simple. Simple. Simple! It’s so perfect that I couldn’t wait to share it all with you, right here! Make sure to check out Natural Mommie, too! There are a ton of recipes like this and posts that you’ll love!
I ended up tripling this recipe because we have a lot of littles around here! I added a few drops of the Wilton Food Gels to color it and also some of my doTERRA essential oils that I LOVE! (more on that to come soon!!) For the pink I used peppermint and a little glitter and the teal I used lemon. Mmmmm….that both smelled good enough to eat! (but don’t eat it!) LOL! I guess you could since it’s all natural, but I don’t think it would taste good.
When you’re mixing it together, it will eventually form a ball. It takes a little bit of time over low heat, but it will happen. Just keep stirring.
Once you pull it off the heat, let it cool on a place mat for a little big and then start kneading it like bread to get it all smooth and uniform. I actually enjoyed this part! It smelled so good and I may have kinda played with it and formed it into things to check it out…for the kids, of course!
Then, I put it to the test – I gave it to the kiddos! SUCCESS! They loved it!! They loved how it felt, how it stayed together and didn’t crumble and how it smelled. I kid you not, every kid from ages 3 – 7 played for almost 2 hours with JUST the play dough. No tools or fancy gadgets made for play dough play. Just their hands and their imagination. I was in love!
Try this out the next chance you get! With only 4 main ingredients and water, you can have a natural alternative to the chemical filled stuff from the store!
Don’t forget to check out Natural Mommie for lots more fun and info! She’s awesome!
*NOTE* I actually read the recipe wrong and ONLY added a 1/4 tsp of salt to my play dough and it STILL came out perfect.
All Natural Play Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- natural food coloring just a few drops
- essential oils optional
- glitter optional
- Combine all the ingredients into a pot on the stove.
- Cook over medium/low heat and keep stirring until it forms a ball.
- Once it’s all come together into a big ball, place on a cutting board until cool.
- Knead it together until it's smooth and ready to be played with!
- If you find it really sticky, just add a little extra flour.
- Store in an airtight container.