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Play Clay

posted Sep 5, 2010, 9:31 PM by Kimber Coombes   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 12:03 PM by K Day ]

This popular recipe produces a clay that can be used over and over again and will remain pliant for weeks. A child just learning to model will appreciate how soft and cooperative this dough feels in her hands, especially when it's still warm.


1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture holds together (keep mixing or it will stick to the bottom of the pan). When the clay is cool enough to touch, your child can knead it on a floured board.


This recipe's long drying time makes it most satisfying as a play dough (it's easy to roll into ropes and balls), but sculptures will dry eventually.


3 to 5 days


Stored in an airtight container, this dough will last--refrigerated or unrefrigerated--for 2 to 4 weeks.