Make Play Dough Together

Last updated: April 18, 2020, at 11:56 a.m. PT

Originally published: March 28, 2020, at 7:39 a.m. PT

Watch as Nicole, a Y staff member, and her family make play dough together!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Optional: Glitter, Essential Oils, and/or Spices


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.
  2. Mix food coloring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
  4. Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
  5. Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching.
  6. Once cool, knead the dough for five minutes to make the dough soft.

Note: If your dough is not soft, continue kneading for another five minutes. If you find it is still too dry, add a little bit more oil and knead in.