Watermelon Play Dough

Monday through Friday, a sweet toddler joins our family for the day while his Mama teaches middle school students. After a go go go morning of adventure and play at camp, he settles down for an afternoon nap, whereas, my children stubbornly refuse to do not.

Nap time is necessary and precious for small people, and I would hate for Colin and Owen to wake him. After he is peacefully asleep, my boys and I usually snuggle on the couch and read a few stories. Next, we go to the kitchen table for a quiet craft or game. More often than not, I play relaxing music through the computer and bring out the play dough.

I know that homemade play dough recipes are all over the internet. In fact, I’ve already written about it here. But, play dough is such a staple in our home, that I feel it is necessary to share the recipe again.


  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 1 TBSP canola oil
  • OPTIONAL: spices, essential oils, extracts, fragrance oils, food coloring, Kool-Aid, or craft paint

1. Dump all of the ingredients together in a pot and whisk until smooth.

2. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat. The play dough will begin to thicken. I used a squirt of red tempera paint to color it pink.

3. The play dough is ready when it looks dry and sticks together in one big clump.

4. Dump the play dough onto a table and knead it until smooth. At this time, add anything that you want to use for texture (sand, bird seed, glitter, beads) by rolling and kneading the play dough into it. This time, we used watermelon seeds from a juicy watermelon that we bought last weekend at the Farmer’s Market.

5. I store homemade play dough in square plastic containers from The Dollar Tree.

“Mommy, the little seeds smell like watermelon too.”

“I like how it’s soft and hard. It smells good.”

We have a nice stash of “official” play dough toys, but Colin and Owen really prefer to use kitchen tools (potato mashers, cookie scoops, tongs, garlic presses) for their play dough fun. Adding cookie sheets, muffin tins, and bread pans extends their creative play.

“Mommy, did you order a cookie?”

“Yes. A chocolate chip cookie.”

“I’m sorry, lady. We only have watermelon cookies. This is a watermelon cookie shop.”

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