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Recipes for Electric Play Dough

Conductive play dough recipe:


  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • food coloring
  • 3 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour


In a saucepan, completely add salt to warm water (partially dissolving the salt first ensures a better texture). Add your food color of choice. Add cream of tartar, vegetable oil and flour. Stir thoroughly. Cook the play dough mixture on low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until a ball forms (it takes just a few minutes). Place the ball and flatten it out on a lightly floured baking tray to cool. Knead in more flour if necessary until the dough stops feeling sticky.

Non-conductive (Insulating) play dough recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • about 1/2 cup distilled or deionized water
  • (Regular tap water can be used, but the resistance of the dough will be lower.)


Mix flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil and mix well. Now add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, mixing with a fork until dough forms bean sized clumps. Remove from bowl and knead together. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until it becomes sticky enough to form a ball. May need to add more flour until it is no longer sticky and is a good doughy texture. As it sits, it may need more flour and more kneading.

Store both doughs in tightly sealed bags. Should keep for several weeks.

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