No Cream of Tartar Playdough Recipe

What could be luckier than this sparking green St. Patricks Day Homemade Playdough Recipe without cream of tartar? Easy to make, just a handful of kitchen ingredients and a pinch of glitter from the craft box and you have a wonderful seasonal activity for the kids to enjoy. Add a pile of fake gold coins and they will get a lot of mileage from the playin’ in the green, forget the wearin’ of it! 

As always playdough is a great open-ended activity that offers a chance for your child to expand their imagination, work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, it makes the perfect medium for learning colors, letters, and shapes, and can be manipulated in so many ways. But most of all its just fun!

You will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (any)
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Green food coloring
  • Green glitter
  • Golden coins- optional


In a large saucepan combine flour, water, salt, oil, lemon juice, and food coloring.

Stir frequently cooking on medium heat until dough begins to clump together and stick to spoon in the center.

Remove from heat and allow to cool until comfortable to the touch.

Knead playdough for 30-35 seconds, working in the glitter at this time to give it some magical shine. If desired add a couple of drops of peppermint extract or essential oil to give it another sensory aspect to enjoy.

Store your playdough in an airtight container in the fridge when not in use and you should get weeks of use from it.

Use your green glittery play dough to create a shamrock.

Hide plastic gold coins in it and let your child find and count them all. Have your child make numbers with the playdough and then count out that many objects such as the gold coins

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