Arts and crafts

How to Make the Best Baby-Safe Play Dough in 10 minutes

This stuff is incredible. You can make a ton of it for cheap in almost any color that food coloring comes in. It’s also edible. Sure, it’s not a great snack, but it’s perfectly fine if your baby has a few bites. The natural ingredients will be a lot gentler to their tummies than the store bought stuff.


Store-bought play-doh isn’t expensive, but this 5-ingredient dough is made almost entirely out of kitchen staples. The one exception is cream of tartar, a spice with a funny name that can easily enough be found in the spice section of nearly any grocery store. This play dough is also extremely soft which is great for babes who are just learning how to work with play dough. The putty texture is awesome for working those little fingers.

Here are the few ingredients:

These neon food coloring drops are the best. They’re not a true neon, but the colors have a serious pow to them. Look at that blue! And that green! I’ve also used them to dye rainbow spaghetti.

So, first things first:

Put these dry ingredients in a small saucepan:

  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour

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Then add:

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or canola oil (I’ve heard coconut works, too!)
  • 1 cup of water
  • food coloring

Give it all a little stir, but don’t mix it well. You actually want it to be kinda lumpy so that it doesn’t turn into putty.

It will turn into play-dough very quickly. Just keep stirring it as it gets warmer and harder, scraping it off the bottom and the sides to make a little ball.

After around 3-5 minutes, it will start to be difficult to scrape off. Once it’s a ball you can take it off and let it sit on some parchment paper or foil and let it sit to cool for about 10 minutes. Then give it a good knead and shape it into the ball you want.


Store it in a sealed container and it can last about 2-3 months. Enjoy!

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