Have you ever made play dough at home before?  We have once, but it was kind of a fiasco.  I’m trying to remember the details but all I see in my mind’s eye is a huge mess… ah, yes I remember.  I tried an edible play dough recipe and spent most of the time trying to keep Isaac from eating ALL of his.  This time, I followed a recipe from a book of hands-on activities I bought recently called Count on Math (here at Amazon).  I wasn’t expecting a play dough recipe in it but it really has everything you could think of and some great ideas for teaching through play.


We definitely did some learning – I let the kids pour their own ingredients and figure out which measuring cups and spoons were the right ones as we followed the recipe.  I didn’t include a 1 cup measuring cup so when the time came to measure out 1 cup flour, Emma had to figure out that two halves equal a whole.

Then Emma proceeded to make her play dough a lovely shade of pink and generously added silver glitter.


Here’s the recipe in case you want to give it a try:

Pink & Sparkly Play Dough


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
red food coloring


Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until it turns into a dough, then let the children use their hands to mush and smush it.  Add glitter.  Add flour if it’s too sticky and not a workable medium, and put a little vegetable oil on your hands if it starts falling apart and gets a little too dry.  Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

Note:  I’m not sure how long this lasts, but I’ll update this post when I think it’s starting to get too old.  So far it’s been good for four days stored in a ziplock bag in their school cabinet.  :)




5 Responses to Pink & Sparkly Play Dough (With No-Cook Recipe!)

  • How fun and super simple. This is great for the long summer ahead of me with three children at home.

  • Oh, how fun that your kids were able to do all the measuring! :)

    That’s very similar to our recipe, but we cook it on the stovetop for a few minutes after mixing in all the ingredients. I think mine might use a little bit more water, but otherwise it is almost identical. (We often add a packet of sugarless KoolAid mix to the water instead of food coloring because then it smells pretty, too!)

    I don’t know if cooking it helps the playdough to last longer, but ours lasts for MONTHS if we store it in an airtight container.

    • Next time I want to try cooking it and see what the difference is. :) Oh and I love the kool-aid idea… though if it smells too good I might have trouble keeping my 2-year-old from eating it, lol. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • We tried homemade playdough and it was a disaster. I stood at the stove mixing a greasy mess. I just pinned this and looking forward to trying it. My girl loves sparkly playdough!

  • I have never made play dough before but this looks pretty easy. the kids would have fun with this.

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