Green It Yourself

Published on August 7th, 2013 | by growwny


GIY: Play Dough



Here is a childhood favorite that is easy to make and sure to please. Play Dough (or Play Doh) is a great craft for the kids get creative and hands-on with, and it also gives you the option of preserving their work, or packing it away for later play.

What you need:

  • ¾ cup of cold water
  • 2 tsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 3/8 cup of salt (I took a recipe and cut it in half. There is no 1/8 measuring cup, so I just used a ¼ cup to measure out salt 1 ½ times.)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar (recommended)
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do:

Mix all your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Once your mixture becomes too “doughy” for a spoon, knead it with your hands. You also have the option to add food coloring to create different colors. Once you feel as though you have reached your desired elasticity of the dough, start playing.


Helpful Tips:

  • If you find that it is still too sticky, add a bit more salt and flour to thicken it up.
  • Use a big mixing bowl. I used a smaller cereal bowl and ended up creating a mess.
  • To pack it away, chose an air tight container or bag.
  • If you would like to preserve your creation, pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Check on it frequently so you don’t over bake it.




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