If you have kids, you need a good homemade play dough recipe. It’s easy to make, and a fun rainy day craft activity. I like this particular recipe because you do not need Cream of Tartar. Because I never just happen to have a bottle of Cream of Tartar hanging around and figured you might not, either.
The Peppermint Essential Oil makes the play dough smell nice and minty! Some of my kids like the scented play dough and some don’t. You can leave it out of the recipe if you want to make unscented play dough. For a yummy-smelling cocoa dough, try my favorite chocolate playdough recipe.
Try making a batch of play dough (play doh) at home. I can almost guarantee you have all the ingredients on hand already. You do have to cook this recipe on the stove. But it’s fast and painless. I promise.
Peppermint Play Dough (No Cream of Tartar) Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice OR Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- Food Coloring as desired
- Peppermint Essential Oil (5-10 drops, optional)
Mix all of the ingredients (except for the Peppermint Essential Oil) in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts to clump together. (This takes about 3-5 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir until the entire mixture has turned to dough consistency.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Knead in 5-10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.
Store play dough in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 months. Refrigerate for even longer lasting dough.
Edited to add: I kept mine stored in the refrigerator for several months before tossing it out.
Edited to correct: The amount of water in this recipe should be a 4:1 ratio of Flour:Water. (Thanks to reader, Kim, for pointing out my typo)
*Tip: If dough is still too sticky after it cools, knead in small amounts of flour to get it to the right consistency.