How to make non-toxic play dough at home with Simpli Starch®

Making play dough at home is a super soft and squishy activity that is fun for all ages! Buying pre-made play dough in stores or online can get expensive, and you never truly know what ingredients or additives have been put into the mix. Making play dough at home with Simpli Starch® takes less than 5 minutes and can cost much less than factory-made dough as it uses only safe and common household ingredients. Simpli Starch® made play dough is entirely non-toxic and will last in plastic baggies for months after being originally made. With all sorts of food coloring and glitter add-ins, the creative possibilities are endless.  All you have to do is Simpli get started!

All Things Needed (Ingredients):

  • 1 cup Simpli Starch®
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of Simpli Starch®, 1 Cup Flour, 1 Cup salt, and two tablespoons of cream of tarter. Make sure all dry ingredients are well mixed together. 
  2. Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil into the dry ingredients mixture. Mix until the oil is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix 5 drops of food coloring with two cups of water.
  4. Slowly combine water and food coloring liquid into the larger bowl with dry ingredient mixture mixing thoroughly until you get the desired consistency of your play dough.
    1. If the mixture becomes too runny, add more Simpli Starch® and flour.
    2. If the mixture becomes too dry, add more water.
  5. After it cools, pick up with your hands and start kneading and playing with your play dough.
  6. When finished playing, store in a plastic bag or airtight container, and the play dough will last for several weeks!
Prep Time: 15min
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