Homemade Playdough Recipe


2 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Salt
2 Cups Water
4 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons Oil
Food Coloring

Combine all the ingredients except food coloring. Cook over low heat for approximately three minutes. Stir continuously. When mixture is like a ball, remove from heat. Add food coloring. Store the play dough in empty containers or zip lock bags.
If your kids want different colors, you can separate the finished batch of dough into piles and use generous drops of food coloring on each pile, following the proportions on the back of the food coloring box, adding more and more to produce darker and darker versions of the colors you want. We keep a box of rubber gloves under our sink for messy crafts like this and we wear them when we are mixing the dye into the dough to keep our hands from staining.

To keep play dough accessories organized in one place, we use a clear plastic bag with a zipper, the kind of bag that quilts and/or sheet sets come in when they are purchased new. My kids have collected quite a few play dough accessories over the years and this bag still provides plenty of space for everything, including her play dough.

I prefer this home made play dough to the brand name version since it doesn’t get so hard when it sits without use. The store bought play dough can be difficult for little hands to manipulate until it has been played with for several minutes. It also smells great and keeps for a really long time.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Playdough Recipe

  1. I think we shall grab some cream of tarter tomorrow and give this a whirl. Wish I saw this BEFORE I spent almost ten dollars on two small boxes of modeling clay this AM. 🙂

    I just hate the smell of PLAY-DOH so it seemed worth it, after seeing how easy it is to make some… not so much!

  2. I also HATE the smell of store bought play dough. This really is so easy to do. I actually just threw everything in the pot as in sat on the stove, then turned on the heat, began to stir and kept stirring till it all bunched together like the recipe says it will. That’s it! And, we mixed the color in before Norah played with it… But, as she played it spread out into the dough even more.

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