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Boredom buster: homemade playdough

If your kids’ summer break is on the final stretch, and you’re starting to hear the B word (not that B word!) more often, shake up the boredom with a big batch of homemade play dough. I plonked down these four balls of dough before heading out the door to yoga the other weekend, and my kids made some pretty cool creations in the hour and a half or so while I was gone. Here’s the recipe to make your own …


4 cups of flour
2 cups of salt
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of oil
4 tablespoons of cream of tartar


  • Mix all ingredients together in a heavy saucepan over medium heat on stove. I like to mix salt and water first, then add the oil, flour and cream of tartar. It seems to cut down on lumpiness issues.
  • Stir over medium heat until dough clumps together.
  • Dump onto parchment paper or counter and knead until smooth.
  • Divide into however many colors you’d like
  • Roll into balls, make a well and have kids squirt in a few drops of food coloring.
  • Knead until color is distributed through dough.
  • Cover table with plastic tablecloth and set out dough.
  • Store in plastic bags in the refrigerator when you’re finished.

*If you’re in Phoenix and need to get out of the house, we’ve also been enjoying air-conditioned fun at these places:

  • The Children’s Museum of Phoenix (Get a membership. You’ll be glad you did.)
  • The Arizona Science Center (see the coral reef IMAX movie!)
  • Musical Instrument Museum (try their soup!)
  • Jambo Park (Bring a friend. We were there 6 hours!)
  • Make Meaning (Half-price projects and no day pass or membership required during certain days before 1pm in August. Call them for details.)

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Activity, Kids