Last year, our babysitter brought a bunch of ingredients to make homemade playdough with my kids one night.  They loved it.  Every now and then, they’ll ask to make it and I always come up with some excuse not to do it – thinking how I’m not crafty and how it’s probably difficult to make.

But in a rare moment of inspiration, I looked up a few recipes online and realized that making your own playdough is incredibly easy.  I combined a few recipes I found online due to ingredients I had in the house and the playdough turned out wonderfully.

Playdough recipe
Total time:  20 minutes


-3 cups of flour
-1 cup of salt
-1 1/2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
-3 cups of water
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
-food coloring of your choice

1.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Transfer to a large saucepan or pot.  Use non-stick but no need to spray it with anything.  (You can divide the mix up into two or a few batches if you want different colors.  We halved it and made two colors)
2. Cook on medium heat until it becomes tough to stir and seems playdough-like (Took about 5 minutes)
3. Pull it off the burner and let it cool.
4. Give it a few minutes to cool and then put it on the counter, knead for a few minutes and then it’s ready to play with!  The kids loved playing with it warm too.

A quick and easy recipe, great for a day you may be snowed in!  Note:  I read online that the shelf life of this is about 3 months.  We’re storing it in tupperware for the kids to play with through the next few cold months!  Doesn’t seem to flake as much as regular Playdoh too which is great for cleanup.


  1. This is great! Can’t wait to try with natural food coloring.

  2. oooh- colorful too- the blue playdough looks delicious! . .
    green looks like a new kind of green creamy ice cream. . .
    middle pic looks like a a boy at MIT in the chem lab.. .
    white picture looks like moon surface.
    all in all, a great project for a day at home.. .

  3. FUN!!!

  4. I’m so making this today! Snowstorm… hurricane… same difference! LOL.


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