Who Knew Science Could Be This Fun

I am not the crafitiest person on the planet, but there is one craft and fun science experiement that I have mastered. I am the master of making play dough. Well, thanks to my Aunt Lori, I am the master. Homemade play dough is so easy and inexpensive to make. Plus, it’s truly non-toxic. It also makes great party favors and makes for a fun activity on a snowy or — in our case this winter — a rainy day!

Play Dough

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


  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix oil, food coloring and boiling water in a separate container. Stir liquid mixture until cool enough to knead.
  3. Knead until smooth. If play-dough is too dry, add more water, a little at a time. If play-dough is too crumbly, knead in a small amount of oil.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Thanks to Aunt Lori and countless blogs for helping me master the perfect play dough.

Part of the fun of the “experiment” is the food coloring step. What are some of the interesting colors you and your kids have made?

—Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “Who Knew Science Could Be This Fun”

  1. 1 Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Looks like fun! Nothing like a Play Dough Day. Thanks, Kim

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