The Best Super Easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh
Save a heap of money by making this best super easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh. Made with 5 simple ingredients this super easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh keeps for weeks in the fridge!
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Like most young kids my daughter loves play-doh. She can spend hours creating play-doh projects and even now as she’s getting older she still loves to play with Play-Doh.
But, at over 1$ per container for brand name Play Doh at our local Walmart I decided to get crafty and start making my own super easy DIY non-toxic Play-Doh .
My mum used to make this very recipe for me way back when I was a little girl! So, she dusted off her handwritten cookbooks to fetch the recipe and I’ve been making large batches for my little ever since.
This super easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh is awesome. Not only is it incredibly easy to make but it’s not sticky, cleans up well, stays soft and most importantly is totally non-toxic which is amazing since my kid tries to eats just about everything she touches.
To whip up a batch all you need is a few simple ingredients including flour, cream of tartar, salt, oil, food coloring (optional) and water.
*UPDATE: If you do not have cream of tartar you can make it just the same. The dough might be a little less fluffy but works just as well if you are in a bind.
Related: Don’t want a cooked play-doh recipe? Check out our favorite no cook Jello Play-Doh recipe by clicking here.
Super Easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh Ingredients
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 2 Tsp Cream of Tartar (I buy this one via amazon because it’s far cheaper than the grocery store variety)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (I’ve also used Coconut Oil with Success)
- 1 Cup Water
- Food Coloring (Although optional, coloring the dough makes it even more fun. I bought Food Coloring By Good via amazon which is ahhhmazing!)
Super Easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh How To
Combine flour, salt , cream of tartar, oil and water. Stir well. I like to use a whisk to make sure everything is well incorporated.
Add desired amount of food coloring to your mixture.
Stir well to incorporate food coloring into your mixture.
Coon on medium low heat. Stir constantly. WI recommend using a spoon to stir as the play-doh will get very thick.
Keep on cooking and stirring until soft sticky dough forms.
The play-doh is ready when it comes together around the spoon. Even if the dough is slightly undercooked it will come together when you knead it in step 1.
When dough forms around spoon it’s done. Set aside to cool.
One cooled, knead well and have fun! Kneading the dough is a really important step that makes the dough smooth and soft. Even if you undercooked your dough you can correct it by kneading it more.
Cooking time varies depending on how hot your stove top is. A first batch can take up to 5 minutes of stirring (maybe even longer) but as you continue to make more batches the already heated stove top makes the process super quick. By the time I’d reached my last batch, the dough ball had formed in just under 2 minutes.
To store, I simply place the different Play-Doh Balls in a large resealable container in my refrigerator but zip locks would work just as well! They last for a week or longer. But, because they get incredibly germy from tiny hands I like to replace it often since it’s so easy to make!
18 thoughts on “The Best 5 Ingredient Super Easy DIY Non-Toxic Play-Doh”
Add a pack of Cool Aid (drink) crystals and the dough smells and look heavenly! I made it for my daughter, her friends and girl guides all the time.
Cool Aid works great too! Only problem here on my end is that my little who is barely 2 eats it when it smells good!
Good easy article to help keep the kids entertained. Thanks
Thanks for reading!
I love the colors! Thanks for sharing!
Love the bright colours of this
The colours are so much fun right? ?
does anyone know if fruit and vegetable food dyes work for this? I have a little one with a dye allergy.
Hey Ashley, we’ve made it plenty of times without any colouring whatsoever. I don’t know anything about fruit and vegetable dyes unfortunately.
Is this sticky? After sitting not played with?
Hey Cammy! No this dough isn’t sticky at all. It really has a soft and pliable texture that doesn’t stick to hands or surfaces. Hope that helps!
I can’t see the instructions, only pictures. Are there instructions?
The instructions for each individual step is included at the bottom of each image and the images themselves are photo instructions to guide you through the process. Hope that helps.
Make sure to sift the flour before adding it into the liquids… I had a few small lumps to chase after it got mixed!!
Thanks for the tip! I’ve never had that issue though! It blends quite well without the sifting.
I made this play doh recipe and storage it on ziplock bags and they stay good for a year this is amazing my kids use it all the time.
So glad to hear you love it!
Racoons broke into our cooler camping and ate all my playdough made with kool-aid. Crazy racoons!