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Play Dough is a staple of childhood fun. It's also incredibly easy to make! Try out this Earth-friendly recipe that we found on The Imagination Tree blog. 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Here’s How You Do It:

  1. In a small pot, bring the water to a boil and add food coloring (if desired).
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil.*
  3. Add the boiling water to the flour mixture in small increments, stirring continuously until the mixture becomes a sticky, combined dough. 
  4. Once the dough has cooled, remove from the bowl and knead vigorously until all stickiness has gone (adding additional flour if necessary).
  5. Present the newly created dough to your children and bask in the knowledge that you are, indeed, the coolest mom/dad/aunt/uncle/babysitter in the world. 

*Pro Tip: to create scented play dough, add one packet of Jell-O (lemon or orange flavors work best) to the flour mixture before you add the boiling water.

Looking for more awesome DIY projects? Check out our blog series The Good Life!

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Bethany Ivie

Bethany Ivie has been with Heifer International's Little Rock staff since March 2014.