Traditional Play Dough

This is the recipe for the play dough that we use in class. Making it together with your child teaches him or her about math, science, reading, and sequencing. Once finished, the play dough provides you with many hours of creative and imaginative fun. Kneading, rolling, pulling, and squeezing the dough also builds up the fine motor muscles and strengthens the fine motor skills that are necessary for hand writing. Have fun!!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring

Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.


Cinnamon Play Dough (uncooked)

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup salt

5 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons of oil

1 cup warm water

Food coloring (if desired)

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in your bowl.

2. Add the oil and food coloring into the water then mix into the dry ingredients.

3. Stir until the dough forms a ball (add more flour if the mixture is too sticky, add more water if the mixture is too dry).

4. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is pliable.

5. Refrigerate in a ziplock bag when not in use.



1/2 cup of elmer's glue

1/2 cup of water

add glitter or food coloring if desired

mix above ingredients thoroughly, then add

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon saline solution ( contact lense solution works great)

mix until it turns "slimey".

store in ziplock bag



4 cups of flour

1 1/2 cups warm water 

2packages or 2 TBLS of yeast

2 TBSP of sugar

1 tsp of salt

1 egg plus 2 TBSP of water for egg wash- can be left out if egg allergy 

coarse salt

add salt to flour and mix in a large bowl. Add sugar and yeast to warm water, stir well and let sit for a few minutes until bubbles form on top. combine all ingredients and mix well, then knead by hand for a few minutes until dough is smooth. You can now form it into pretztels or roll out and use cookie cutters. Put shapes on cookie sheet ( I use parchment paper  to prevent sticking) and cover with clean cloth. Let rise for 15 minutes. brush dough with eggwash and sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 425 F for about 10-15 minutes or golden brown. Enjoy!!


Hot Chocolate  Play Dough

1 cup hot chocolate mix 
1 cup baking soda 
1/2 cup water 
3 tblspns oil 
2 cups flour 
1 cup salt

Mix dry ingidients in a medium bowl.  Mix wet ingredients ina small bowl.  Mix wet ingredients to dry in 1/3 increments.