Homemade Play Doh – Easter & Spring Edition


he best things in life are homemade and the same is true for our play dough! You can make huge batches at home in under five minutes for only a couple of dollars.  Unlike store-bought play dough, it is super soft and lasts for months in the refrigerator.  Amani, my 2.5 year old, makes the play dough in our house. She has fun making it and it builds her confidence.  We love to zone out, sitting at the kitchen table playing with it, with not a care in the world. These are the memories that last forever!  And for a typical two year old, it is the perfect sensory outlet.

Since play dough making is her “jam”, my husband and I decided to leverage this talent to start teaching her about “Service”. What a perfect time to sell her play dough for Easter baskets in the shape of carrots, bunnies and flowers! We selected the Wounded Warrior Project which helps bring independence back to our nation’s most severely wounded veterans. She will make all of the play dough and personally deliver her orders in town next week. The play dough is sold for $1 a batch, the proceeds of which will go to this deserving charity.

Even if she raises $20, which is our goal, I assure you it is $20 more than most Americans are donating, including those that readily have the means.  I encourage you remember that our freedom is not free and consider supporting this charity at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Check out our video to learn how to make play dough and tag me on Instagram with your creations!

Download & Print Recipe Below (courtesy of Iheartnaptime.net)

Homemade Play Doh Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Quart sized bags

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the wet ingredients. Stir. Finish on the stove, stirring on medium heat, for 2-3 minutes.  Optional: Put the dough in Ziploc bags and add food coloring to achieve your desired color.  Using the bags prevents your hands from staining. Once the dough is refrigerated a few hours or overnight, the colors will come through brighter when needed and the dough will not stain.