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Homemade Play Dough with Heart Shaped Buttons

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How to Make Homemade Play Dough with Heart Buttons

We love making homemade play dough because it gets the kids in the kitchen and it’s an inexpensive activity. We usually have the supplies to make homemade play dough on hand in our pantry, so when my kids are bored or grumpy, I cheer them up with a suggestion to make play dough. Their favorite part is measuring the ingredients and choosing a color. We have been using food coloring because of the simplicity, but there are many more options out there to color your own play-dough.

This week I decided to try something different for our homeschool preschool activity by adding buttons to the play dough. The buttons give the play-dough a different texture than the kids are used to, and they enjoyed pushing the buttons into the dough, and making designs after rolling the dough flat. The rolling, flattening, and pushing buttons around really gets those fine motor muscles working!

How to make homemade play dough in your homeschool preschool:


1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup salt

2-3 T vegetable oil

1 T cream of tartar

Food Coloring



Pour all the ingredients into a sauce pan and heat on low while stirring. Stir continually until the mixture firms up into dough.

Remove the dough from the sauce pan  and place on a sheet of foil or waxed paper. Separate into 2-4 small balls of dough. Add drops of food coloring to each ball and knead into the dough. Your homemade play dough may have a marbleized look as you first knead the color in, and will become more solid in color the longer you knead the dough.

Roll each color of dough back into a ball or flatten with a rolling-pin. Add buttons by pressing them into the dough.

Store the dough in an air-tight container between uses.

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