Make your own Play-Dough

I volunteered my daughter and I to lead activities for preschoolers at the refugee shelter nearby.  While I love this organization and have enjoyed spending time with people there from all over the world, I have to admit I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the idea of being left alone with a bunch of children that aren’t mine.  It was a need that the sisters mentioned over and over and is something that Zenie and I can do together, so we are going to give it a whirl.


Over the last week we have begun gathering a supply box and making a list of activities to do with them.  And of course nothing says preschool like play dough.  To keep costs down we made our own.  It couldn’t be much simpler.


Here is what you need:


Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.


2 cups flour

2 cups warm water

1 cup salt

1 tablespoon of cream of tarter

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (I was out so substituted with coconut oil)

Food coloring or something to dye it with.



Mix dry ingredients in a pan.

Add water.

Heat over medium low  heat stirring regularly until it reaches play dough consistency.

Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.


Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.
Note that I switched to the wooden spoon, once it gets thick like this a rubber spatula won’t cut it.


Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.


Add food coloring and mix.

Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.


Make your own play dough. Liturgy of Life.
You can mix in the food coloring while it is still liquid in the pan if you want to make it all one color, it will be a lot easier to stir in. Doing it this way definitely is messier but it lets you make more colors. The more you work with it the more the color will get mixed in uniformly. It will stain your hands at first, but once it gets mixed in it works just like store bought play dough.



Hopefully this will result in hours of fun for the kiddos.  Wish us luck!




  • Shannon Reply

    Another fun thing to do if you have essential oils handy is to make it scented! Maybe it’s actually more fun for the moms than the kids 😉 ha but I really love it!

    • egjarrett Reply

      That’s a great idea, it makes for an even better sensory experience. Love it.

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