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Easy Homemade Play Doh

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Easy Homemade Play Doh

Play doh is really easy and way less expensive to make at home. You can also modify it however you’d like! Have a birthday party coming up? Make a big batch of green goo or pink glitter play doh! Want to make a whole bunch of colors, or your kiddo have their heart set on sky blue or mint green play doh?  You can make it happen!

Since it’s so much less expensive, you can bake the Play-Doh for keepsakes without cringing at the cost. And, it’s incredibly fun for the kids to help make! Toys are way more special when the kids help to make them.

Here is our homemade play-doh recipe:


  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 4  tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 3 TBS vegetable oil
  • food coloring – gel food coloring works best and dyes hands and surfaces less


  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together flour and water over low/med heat. Once combined, stir in all other ingredients except the food coloring.
  2. Stir regularly, cook over medium heat until it starts to thicken. Add in food coloring.
  3. Continue to stir the mixture over low heat. Mixture will start to thicken, binding to the spoon. 
  4. When the dough is well formed and only lightly damp, remove from heat. Place on wax paper or onto a cookie sheet or plate to cool.
  5. After about 30 minutes when the dough is still slightly warm, knees for a few minutes. Knees again once it reaches room temperature.
  6. Store in a ziplock or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months, it at room temp for 1-2 weeks. If storing at room temp, wrap in plastic wrap to keep in moisture.


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As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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