Homemade Play Dough

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Recipe is adapted from Happy Toddler Playtime


  • 2 cups of white all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1.5 cup of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • Stand mixer with dough hook or large bowl and spoon
  • Pine Essential oil


  • In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  • In a separate container, combine the 1.5 cup of boiling water, food coloring and oil.
  • Add 20 drops of essential oil into the boiling water mixture.
  • Add the boiling water mixture to the flour mixture a small amount at a time and mix until you have reached the desired consistency. If you are using a stand mixer add the water as the mixer is turning.
  • Knead until it is all smooth and starts to form a dough ball
  • Store in bag or tight lid container once cooled.
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My name is Nicole and I am a full time working mom to my toddler Franco. I love creating and sharing ideas. You can find me rummaging at estate sales, binge-watching The Golden Girls while chugging Diet Coke, listening to old school hip hop, supporting small businesses and being an advocate for maternal mental health.