Get Crafty: Play Dough

Quinlan loves play dough.  He will play with it for at least a half hour.  He still put it in his mouth someitmes, which is why I like to make my own so that I know it is safe to eat.  I also made some for Aidan’s kindergarten classroom and I found a great recipe that didn’t have too much salt and used kool-aid for colour and smell.

I also promised Tracey that I would post the recipe so that she could make some for Christmas presents.  So Tracey, here it is.

Cooked Play Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2  packages of kool-aid (the kind that you add sugar)

Mix dry ingredients together.  Mix the kool-aid into the water, add the oil and mix with the dry ingredients.  Stir in a large pot over medium heat.  When mixture pulls away from the side and forms a ball, remove from heat.  Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured counter and knead.

Can be kept in an airtight container, or baked at 250 deg. F for 1-3 hours depending on the size of the object.


I also really like a non-cooked play dough for making ornaments.  It is still and edible salt dough, but it has a nice smell and bakes nicely for tree ornaments.

Gingerbread Play Dough

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered alum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Brown Paste Food Colouring (Optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice or use cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg to your own measure. (I always use more than the recipe asks for.)

In a bowl combine the flour, salt and alum.  Add the oil and boiling water. MIx well and then add the spice and food colouring.  Knead on a floured board until smooth.

You can bake at 250 deg. F or air dry.  Store leftovers in an airtight container.


For making ornament use cookie cutters, or just sculpt.  Have fun and get playing!

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