Welcome to the Squirmy Wormy blog! As a children's book author, I try and fill my life with creative projects and outlets for my family. From art projects to kids activities to easy recipes, I want to share them with you and your family!

Homemade Play-Dough

Homemade Play-Dough

Here is the recipe for the perfect no-bake homemade play-dough recipe. Easy and only a few ingredients! We just made 5 batches in about an hour - so if you have a toddler that loves colors like mine does, plan on making a lot!


  • One container of salt = 4 batches
  • Don't skip on cream of tartar, it preserves it for months.
  • Add the food coloring before heating up; color won't mix as well once flour added.
  • When you warm up the ingredients they don't have to fully dissolve.
  • Teach your child about color mixing while you create the recipes!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Combine the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add 1 cup flour.
  3. Stir until all of the liquid absorbed by the flour.
  4. Put on a counter or cool surface and knead until smooth. If too sticky add a little more flour to the counter, just like you would with cookies.
  5. Let 'em at it! Ready to play once it cools off.
  6. Store play-dough an airtight container or a Ziploc baggie.
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