Natural Play Dough

Play dough may just be the most imaginative play-thing ever. Well, one of them, at least. Put it right up there with sticks, rocks, and silks; play dough has endless possibilities.

As mentioned in my blog over and over again, I like natural things. This play dough is just that–and simple and plain–and makes a great introduction to this type of play.

Natural Playdough


1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup water

*For gluten-free play dough just substitute a gluten-free all-purpose flour.

– Put flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a pan and stir.

– Add olive oil and water and stir again.

– Put the pan on the stove-top set at medium/low.

– Stir often until the dough thickens and pulls away from the sides.

– Knead the dough for a couple of minutes on a clean surface.

– Store in an airtight container.

Natural Play Dough

When I put Fae’s first batch of freshly cooked play dough on her little table, she picked it up (after stroking it a couple of times), cradled it in her arms and said, “aww”–the same thing that she does with baby dolls.

Playing with Playdough

Fae is still sleeping and my cat in snuggling on my lap. We had a thunder-storm through the night, and this morning the birds are being extra social. It now finally feels like spring.

4 responses to “Natural Play Dough

  1. We made some almost 2 months ago and it’s still good! We used cocoa powder, red sprinkles, and crushed basil to make different colours. (I understand that you can get natural food powders to make colours as well). Eva tried a bite, but it’s pretty salty so she didn’t try again! Ollie likes to use the cookie cutters and rubber stamps to make shapes:)

    • Fae tried a bite too–after licking it a bit–and hated it, which was pretty funny. Your colors sound perfect for Christmastime, and they must smell so good. I love the smell of freshly cooked play dough.

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