Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe
To Make Your Own Play Dough

This is such an easy homemade playdough recipe that you can make for your toddler or preschooler. Playing with playdough will keep your kids busy and they love it!

Kids can get creative and use simple items such as baby food jar lids, scoops, plastic forks, kitchen utensils and other fun recyclable things to make dinosaur sculptures, pretend cupcakes, wiggly worms - just about anything...

This recipe for playdough requires common and cheap household ingredients and very little time and effort.

With this play dough recipe, the dough can be stored and used for many creative sessions.

homemade playdough recipe

Best Play Dough Recipe

Note: Depending on the amount of play dough you need - increase or decrease the quantities of this recipe.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • food colouring
What To Do:
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Over a medium heat, stir ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture comes together and forms a soft dough - this usually only takes about 5 minutes.
  4. When cool, briefly knead the dough if needed for the food colouring to be evenly combined with in the dough.
  5. Give to your child to make fun things with.

Note: If the dough is too sticky - add more flour, or if it's too dry - add more water.

Another Note: To make more than one colour with this recipe for play dough, do not add the food colouring in step 1. When the playdough has been cooked, divide into separate bowls, add desired colours and briefly knead to evenly combine the colour throughout the play dough. A little bit of food colouring goes a long way.

Storing Homemade Play Dough

Play dough can easily be stored in a large plastic zip lock bag, or an airtight container. It's not necessary to store in the fridge, although kids love playing with cold play dough on a hot summers day.

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