Paula’s Play Dough

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Paula’s Play Dough Paula’s Play Dough

Easy and fun to make at home

Servings: N/A
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup water, cold
1 cup table salt
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 ½ cups All Purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Food Coloring





In a large mixing bowl, stir together the water, salt and oil.  Add a few drops of food coloring at this point.  In a separate medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour and cornstarch.  Add a half cup of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients at a time, mixing thoroughly with each addition.  With cornstarch on your hands, knead the play dough until the right consistency.  Store in a zip top bag.

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Reader Comments:


This playdough was easy to make, but it crumbled and fell apart. As a preschool teacher and mom of a 2yo, I liked that it was "no-bake" but the final product was no good.

By jesse on January 28, 2013


i love this recipe it was great

By isaiah on November 04, 2012


I love this recipes it was so easy to make. I make this with my son..

By Melissa on February 03, 2012


I've made play dough similar to this one before and I've added a little kool aid to give it a sent. Grape is my favorite.

By Jennifer Sturdivant on July 23, 2011


No cream of tartar in the recipe? Thought it was needed for the dough to stay soft. You can also add flavoring (orange, lemon, vanilla ).

By Elise Mitchell on July 23, 2011


wary of no cook recipe--better if made on stovetop

By Anonymous on July 22, 2011


Thanks so much for putting the homemade play dough on your face book page, been trying to find my Mom's old recipe for years. Can't wait for grandkids next visit.

By Carol Wamsley on July 22, 2011


Paula - I've read your books, I love your show. I love what a close, tight-knit relationship you have with your boys. You are my hero! I have found a lot of similarities with your story. I love to cook, I'm addicted to the food network, cooking channel, etc. I've had my own coffee shop where I baked, cooked and always got great feedback. Unfortunately, the brick and mortar business didn't provide any income and I was missing a lot of time with my 7 and 10 yr old kids. After 3 years I had to let it go. I would like any suggestions on starting a personal chef / catering business in my area. The demographic here in Northern Arkansas is not the best........population of 12,000 , lots of retirees, etc. However, I was thinking some of those retirees/elderly might like having someone come into their homes and cook 3 or 4 meals / week for them? What do you think about that niche and how to best go about it with geurilla style marketing? Thanks and Love! Missy

By Missy Babin on July 22, 2011


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