Worlds Best Homemade Play-dough….Seriously!

In my many years as a nanny, I have tested out so many different types of homemade play-dough I could not count them! They are usually fine, but are dry, don’t have the right consistency, or after a couple days end up moldy! Recently a friend of mine sent me a link from Mother Could with tons of kid recipes including this play-dough! It feels like play-dough, they claim it will last up to 6 months, and after letting it sit for a few weeks I swear it even smells like play-dough! The blue batch pictured above is about 1.5 months old and is still in great shape! I will say that it leaves your hands with a slight floury feeling, but it easily washes off. So far every recipe I have tried from this list has been amazing! I will post the recipe bellow but I also recommend you check out all the recipes they have to offer. I am certain I will be sharing more of them in the future.

Play-dough Recipe


  • 1 cup flour + more for kneading
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • food coloring


  1. Large bowl, possibly a few if making different colors( each batch is quite large you may consider reducing the recipe by half if making many colors)
  2. A pot to boil water

Step 1- Add flour, salt, and cream of tartar to bowl and mix.

Step 2- Add oil, and mix the best you can.

Step 3- Add food coloring to the boiling water. This will ensure your color is evenly distributed. Add it to the bowl

Step 4- Mix until a dough forms and begin to knead until no longer sticky. At this point I dumped mine out onto the counter with small amounts of flour at a time and kneaded until the consistency was right. Let it cool down a bit before you play with it.

Step 5- Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months! (I’ll report back if this claim is true once we get there!)

I hope you try out this play-dough recipe! If you enjoy it please share and comment bellow, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!


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