Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe – No stove required!

Homemade Play Dough Recipe
Forget the stove top. Use your stand mixer to make your favorite homemade play dough recipe. It’s so much easier to let your stand mixer do the work for you!

With summer vacation on the horizon, I’m looking for fun things for the kids to do. I just got a new stand mixer that’s simple enough for Quincy to use (with help) so making our own salt dough seemed so obvious.

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Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

3 cups flour
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup salt
2 tbsp oil
2 1/2 cups boiling water


Mix dry ingredients in stand mixer bowl. Add oil and boiling water (be careful!). run the mixer for about 5 minutes using the dough hook. If you want colored play dough, add food coloring to the hot water prior to mixing.

If you want, you can add coloring to the dough by hand and knead it in, but it may take longer to produce an even color and be a little messy. For convenience, I chose not to color the dough, but don’t let that stop you.

Break out some cookie cutters and a rolling pin, and have some fun.

The best part? It’s so easy to make when we were done playing I just popped it in the yard waste bin!

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Deb Jackson says:

    I will be making this when the grandkids come to visit for a couple of weeks this summer.

  2. This is really a simple easy way to make play dough! I wish this recipe was available like 25 years ago when my son was young!!

  3. Jane Ritz says:

    I love making homemade play dough. I used to teach Special; Needs children and we made it a lot It was a wonderful activity that held their attention. I use this same recipe/ I love it!.

  4. christine jessamine says:

    thanks for sharing. This looks easy and fun. My daughter will have a lot of fun with this one.

  5. Carrie Conrad says:

    My daughter is going to love this!

  6. Lacey Burd says:

    My daughter loves playing with playdoh! I think she would have even more fun helping to make it first 🙂

  7. Mary Dailey says:

    I love to play with this when the grandkids are here. I never thought of using cookie cutters for the younger ones who don’t know how to shape things yet. Great idea!

  8. krystal pena says:

    Cant wait to try this with my three year old daughter thank you!!

  9. This is an awesome recipe and perfect for the summer. I am going to put some dye when I make mine.


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