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Valentine Play Dough

by Jenna Gleason

Get into the spirit of  Valentine's Day with this fun play dough recipe! It’s a fun activity to do with the kids and the dough lasts 2 weeks.This also makes a great gift for a class party. Try it out this Valentine's Day, enjoy!


1 ½  Tablespoon Cream of Tartar

1 ½ Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (Canola oil works too)

Plastic Hearts, Glitter, Red Heart Confetti

¾ Cups Salt

1 ½ Cups Flour

1 ½ Cups Water

Red Food Coloring

Tip: If you don't like red food dye, use a packet of a drinking powder like Cherry Kool Aid to get a red colored play doh. This adds a slight scent to it as well.


(Prep Time - 2 to 4 Minutes)

(Cook Time - 5 to 7 Minutes)

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix. This includes cream of tartar, salt, and flour (also Kool-Aid powder if using as a substitute for red food dye).
  2. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. This includes vegetable oil, food coloring, and water.
  3. In a medium sized pot, combine wet and dry ingredients, and stir on low-medium heat until it starts to stick together like mashed potatoes. (2 - 4 Minutes)
  4. Once that occurs, turn the heat off and wait for it to cool enough for you to touch without it burning.
  5. Place all of it on a floured cutting board and knead until it’s the right consistency of Play Doh.
  6. Add the confetti sparkles or heart pieces and fold them into the Play Doh.


Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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