We've tried many different play dough recipes but by far our favorite is this jello based recipe I found on the website, Modern Parents Messy Kids. Not only does this recipe smell fantastic (not your usual salty dough smell), it holds up really well, is inexpensive to make and is relatively foolproof.
From Modern Parents Messy Kids:
- white flour – 1 cup
- warm water – 1 cup
- salt – 2 tbsp
- cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
- cooking oil – 2 tbsp
- Jello – one 3oz pack
Click through to MPMK for full instructions, they have wonderful pictures and easy to follow directions.
My Notes -
Add the warm water absolute last. The water activates the color and scent. Even though Zoe usually picks the color/smell we're making, I like the added "wow" factor of combining the dry ingredients then adding the water and watching her reaction.
If you aren't sure if they dough has cooked long enough, cook it a little bit longer to be safe. First time we made this recipe, I under cooked it and had to toss it since it was just too sticky.
This recipe is very generous. I usually make a single batch and it is plenty for Zoe to play with, even with a friend over. It is very easy to halve if you want to make multiple colors/scents.