Play dough is so easy to make, smells better, feels better, and costs almost nothing. You can make it with items you already have in your pantry.
The ingredient list is out of order, because the ratios are easy to remember- 2: 1: 1/2: 1/2.
2 cups flour- all purpose or bread flour work well
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cooking oil
a few drops of food coloring of your choice
Scents listed below (optional)
In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
Add oil, boiling water, color and scent (if desired). Stir until a soft dough forms. Knead until smooth, adding a pinch of flour if needed.
Dough will be very soft and warm. It will firm a bit as it cools.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Because there are no preservatives, dough is not shelf stable.
You can any essential oil, extract or candy flavoring that you like. Here are some of our favorites.
Tangerine Essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Peppermint essential oil or extract
Rose essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Orange essential oil
Grapefruit essential oil
Spice blend scented oil
Blueberry scented oil
Cinnamon scented oil
Chocolate scented oil
Citrus spice scented oil
Chocolate mint flavoring