Phoenix toddler Mom ‘n artist, Skye Lucking, makes DIY play dough at home for her son’s pre-school summer camp class. Because you can bake cookies in your car these days with the Phoenix climes! This means teachers are spending most of their time inside with the tots. They need all the help they can get. Really. When asked if they’d like some play dough, they said – “We need all the help we can get!”

You can find the recipe I used below (one of many from this website) !

DIY Play Dough Recipe (From the Family Education Website)

Colored Playdough


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

There’s something bigger here that I buried in the intro. It’s not just pre-school summer camp teachers trapped in the treachery of the Arizona heat that need help. ALL teachers can use a hand. You can help with something as simple and fun as do-it-yourself play-doh, volunteering, holding a bake-sale for supplies.

Or, perhaps most importantly, you could participate in social and political activism toward  elevating the teaching profession to the status it has long deserved – one of reverence, respect, and with a livable wage. Here’s a link for that kind of thing, too!



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