Vintage Homemade Playdough Recipe: A Fun, Budget-Friendly Indoor Activity for Kids by Ann Marie Patitucci

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Vintage Homemade Playdough Recipe: A Fun, Budget-Friendly Indoor Activity for Kids

I remember playing with play dough a lot when I was a kid. My siblings and I all loved it. We used the dough and a bunch of accessories, some purchased and some found around the house, and let our imaginations run wild. 

The best part: our mom made the play dough so we could choose the colors and we never ran out! Here is her treasured recipe, over 40 years old. To store, wrap dough in plastic wrap and keep in an airtight container (my mom always used a coffee can).


Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and vegetable oil. Add water and food coloring. Stir over low heat until dough forms.
  2. Cool, then knead until smooth. Give to your kids and let their imaginations run wild!

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Cream of Tartar $4 & Up
Salt $2 & Up
Vegetable Oil $2 & Up
Food Coloring $4 & Up

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Ann Marie Patitucci
I have the best memories of creating things out of Play-doh with my siblings Kim Wadsworth and Kurt Gardinier! Thanks for making it for us, MimiG !
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory, and recipe, Ann Marie Patitucci ! So easy and fun for families.

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