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yellow, brown, red and green play dough on a plate

Quick and Simple Play Dough

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Measuring tools
  • Small pot
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T cream of tartar
  • gel food coloring


  • Combine all ingredients in pot (except food coloring).
  • Heat on medium and stir until play dough thickens and clumps together.


  1. Add more flour if play dough feels too sticky.
  2. Use a toothpick to transfer food coloring gel to play dough, as many food gel containers aren't big enough to fit a spoon.
  3. If using more than one color, separate play dough into separate balls and then add color. You can place balls into a Ziploc bag when mixing in color so that your hands don't become colored. 
  4. Store play dough in sealed Ziploc bags