Insanity of Motherhood

Motherhood, marriage, and midlife.

Lazy Cook – Homemade Play dough


The Lazy Cook blog is in the process of being revamped.  Soon I will feature other people’s recipes and have them do the cooking.  I cannot wait, since cooking is not my favorite.

My recipe today is for homemade play dough.  Years ago when I was a preschool teacher, I used to whip up play dough every week for my class.  Nowadays, I make this for my little son at home.  This simple recipe is a must for anyone who spends time with young children.

What I like about this recipe is not only is it easy to make, it is also safe for little children to take a nibble.

Homemade Playdough


1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon oil

Food coloring


1.  Place flour, salt and cream of tartar into small pan.  Mix well.

2.  Place pan on the stove.

3.  In a small bowl mix water, oil and food coloring.

4.  Add water mixture to the pot.  Stir lightly.

5.  Cook mixture over medium heat, until a ball forms.  Play dough should be slightly sticky, but pulled away from the sides of the pan.

6.  Kneed to cool on wax paper.

7.  Allow play dough to fully cool before storing in plastic bag.

I have made this recipe hundreds of times.  It takes a little practice to know when to stop cooking.  Slightly sticky is the key to keeping it from being too dry.

I hope this is something you will enjoy, with the young children in your life.

Talk to you soon.

Author: insanityofmotherhood

Mom of three boys, wife, educator, and all around nice gal in the middle of a midlife something. It's not a crisis, but it's something…

5 thoughts on “Lazy Cook – Homemade Play dough

  1. Next time the boys’re over, we’ll make it. They love adding the food color–we usually end up with a putrid-looking color. But….the more putrid it is, the better they like it.

  2. I have this recipe… and it’s a favorite of mine. I’m hoping to cook it up for some young-un soon. Truth is, I love to squish and play with it!

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