Winter Wonderland Play Dough

Winter Play Dough Recipe

Embrace the beauty of winter with this gorgeous no cook winter play dough recipe. Plus dig into the science of creating play dough from simple ingredients. Learn terminology such as mixture, solution and substance, plus the chemical reaction between the ingredients and how they work together to create the fun play dough we all know and love. Keep kids learning and having fun with this hands on activity as they create their own winter playdough recipe.


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 0.5 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • light blue food colouring
  • glitter optional
  • essential oil optional


  1. In a large bowl, add flour, salt and cream of tartar. Mix well.

  2. Mix in the vegetable oil, essential oil and water. I add the water in about 1/4 cup at a time.

  3. Split mixture evenly into two bowls.

  4. Add blue food color and glitter to one and white glitter to the other.

  5. Take play dough from each bowl and knead on a flat, hard surface until smooth.

  6. Play!