Home Made Play Doh

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Play doh is such a great tool to use to work on fine motor skills, so I decided to make some from scratch. Since the best recipe involves cooking, I anticipated it being difficult, but it was surprisingly easy.

play doh 1

I made three small batches of 3 different colors.

The recipe is:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 tbs oil
  • 1tsp cream of tartar (I did not use this, and it turned out great)
  • food coloring

play doh 2

I mixed all of the dry ingredients in the pan, then mixed in the wet ingredients, and then added the food coloring until it was the shade that I wanted. When it was mixed I turned on the heat, and stirred until it was thick and balling up in the middle of the pot.

play doh 3

It cooks really fast and is ready to play with in a couple of minutes. If you want to make more per batch, you can double the recipe.  You can also add an extra sensory experience by adding a drop of essential oils to each batch to give it a nice scent.  I love to use play dough as a multi-sensory experience.

play doh 4 Now you can use your play doh to play with and create fun designs.


  • flour
  • water
  • salt
  • oil
  • food coloring
  • essential oils (optional)


  • Fine motor

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.


  1. jacquie says:

    If you use boiling water you don’t have to cook it. 🙂

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