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How to Make Homemade Playdough

How to Make Homemade Playdough

This is one of the easiest playdough recipes we have found. You can make one color or multiple!


  • Large pot
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Bowl, gallon-size bag or wax paper for cooling


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Essential Oil (optional)


  • Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next, add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, stir in the color now.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a bowl.
  • Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart-sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together, you’re ready to PLAY.
  • Store the playdough inside the bags to keep soft. If stored properly it will keep soft for up to 3 months.

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