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10 Tips for Becoming a Frugal Homemaker

Make Your Own Play Dough

Store-bought play dough can get pretty pricey. On top of the materials, you're paying for the packaging, marketing, and shipping when you buy play dough at the store. Next time your kids want to sculpt something, try making a batch of play dough on the stove. If your kids are old enough, they can even help with the stirring, and they'll love mixing up custom colors. Pamela Levine, a pre-school teacher at the Mailman Segal Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., kindly shared her play dough recipe with us:


  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 cups of colored water
  • 3 Tbsp. of cooking oil
  • 4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • Food coloring of your choice


Place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Stir until the play dough thickens.

Once the dough is cool, you can knead in your coloring by hand.

Store it in a plastic bag or Tupperware container in a cool place, but not in the refrigerator.

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