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Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe in 2024

As we refined our manufacturing process for Natura Dough, I looked into online research and tried to discover intriguing recipes akin to our remarkable Natura Dough. I stumbled upon an enlightening resource from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, providing detailed insights into the role of each ingredient in crafting exceptional dough. Drawing from various online sources dedicated to homemade dough recipes, I've curated a method and recipe that might enable you to craft high-quality dough at home, ideal for bonding with your lovely little ones.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup salt

  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil or olive oil can also be used)

  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water

  • Natural food coloring (optional)

  • Essential oils for scent (optional)


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed.

2. Add the vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3. If you're using natural food coloring, add it to the boiling water and stir until the color is evenly distributed.

4. Gradually pour the colored boiling water into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously. Start with 1 cup of water and add more as needed until the dough comes together in a smooth, pliable ball.

5. Once the dough has cooled slightly, transfer it to a clean surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes soft and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little more flour until you reach the desired consistency.

6. If you're using essential oils for scent, you can add a few drops to the dough during the kneading process. Lavender, peppermint, or citrus oils are popular choices for play dough.

7. Once the play dough is ready, store it in an airtight container or resealable bag when not in use to prevent it from drying out.

8. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy hours of creative play with your homemade natural play dough!

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