• Ashley Goldman

Non-Toxic Play-dough Recipe

I love doing fun things with Porter, but I am not a big make it yourself gal. It must be really easy for me to make it instead of buy it. This play-dough recipe is SUPER simple and is really fun to make with your kiddos help. While this DIY play-dough recipe is safe for kids and the environment, it also provides for a super low-cost activity. So grab some gloves, and prepare to feel like an eco-friendly queen.


Play-dough ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup salt

  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 2 cups lukewarm water

  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

  • Food coloring - I use this artificial, dye free food coloring (also see below for tips on how to use real food for dye

  • Quart sized bags

Step 1: Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot.

Step 2: Add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the the color now as well.

Step 3: Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Step 4: Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball.

Step 5: Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it.

Step 6: Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands (Note: play-dough may seem really sticky at this stage, but don't worry it will harden with time!).

Step 7: Once the dough is cooler and has harden up some, you are ready to PLAY.

* We store our play-dough is small wide mouth mason jars and use this label maker to create cute labels for the jars.

Ways to use food as colors in replace of food color:

Green - Match powder

Pink - Beets (I used a can of beet and the replaced the water with the beet juice in the can)

Blue - Blue butterfly pea powder

Yellow - Turmeric

Purple - Sweet potato powder

Original recipe by Jamielyn Nye's play-dough recipe on I Heart Naptime