homemade play dough

homemade play dough is a long time favorite of mine. i have vivid memories of my mom making it in our kitchen and giving each ball a different color and scent for my brother and i to play with. getting to do the same for my kids makes my heart happy and i hope they grow up to have similar memories because mine are truly treasured. 

my mom used a super simple no-fail recipe and i inherited it from her.. where she got it from? no clue. probably a magazine or something back in the 80's. but now it's just our trusty play dough recipe that i want to share with y'all:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tbs. cream of tartar
2 cups water
2 tbs. veg oil
choice of food colors & scents (optional)

other items:
medium sauce pot
wooden spoon
multiple bowls

in a medium sauce pot mix all of the ingredients together.
place the pot over medium heat & constantly stir until the dough is pliable.
(about 10 minutes)
allow the dough to cool to touch.
divide the dough into as many balls as you want colors.
(i usually do 4 with this size batch)
put on your gloves.
in separate bowls mix the dough and food coloring to desired colors.
when colors are mixed this is when i add essential oils.
now it's time to play!

my mom used to use peppermint extract most often scent our play dough - now the smell of peppermint brings me right back to my childhood kitchen playing with a batch of freshly made play dough. i scent our play dough too - but i use our young living essential oils. usually i will try to use an oil that has a similar label color to the play dough. i especially like to make the purple have lavender and the teal have peace & calming - play dough is a relaxing activity and adding these oils makes it even more so. great evening activity! 

do you have a homemade play dough recipe? i'd love to find a trusty one that didn't need cream of tartar because it's the one ingredient i don't always have on hand.. if you know of one please leave it/link it in the comments below! thanks :)

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