Play Dough Alternatives

By Megan Guthrie

In the Bear Cubs classroom we use play dough at least once a week. Buying the actual brand Play-Doh is not in my budget and so I have collected a few of my favorite play dough recipes. All of the items are either in your kitchen or your bathroom. I have found that by adding new scents, colors, and textures keeps the idea of bringing out play dough always new and exciting.

Recipe 1

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

½ Cup Salt

2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

1 ½ Cups of Water

Food Coloring (Optional)

Recipe 2

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Salt

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

2 Cups Water

Recipe 3

2 Cups Cornstarch

1 Cup Hair Conditioner

Food Coloring (Optional)


Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir in the wet ingredients, knead it on a clean surface until it loses all stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy. No residue should come off on your fingers. If it is still sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly add more water, a tablespoon at a time.

Stay tuned for fun activities with play dough….

1 thought on “Play Dough Alternatives

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