Homemade Playdough Recipe

I love making homemade playdough. It can make a lot enough for up to 6 colors per batch, much softer than store bought leading brand making it very easy to mold, shape, cut, poke and at the same time doesn’t stick on your hands! It also creates a very nice marble color when kids get playful combining the colors!

– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup salt
– 4 tsp cream of tartar
– 2 cups water
– 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil (Add 1 teaspoon extra oil to make sure the dough will not stick on your hands)
– Food Coloring (I used Wilton Food Coloring for a brighter color)

1. In a large pot, combine all the dry ingredients.
2. Add the water and oil and cook in a medium low heat.
3. Stir constantly until the dough formed in to a ball.
4. Remove from heat and transfer to a plastic tray, bowl or into a quart medium storage bag.
5. Let cool for about a minute.
6. Divide the dough in to the desired quantity.
7. For this purpose of writing, I divided mine into 6 play dough balls – about the size of my fist.
8. Poke a hole and squirt food color about 2 – 4 drops.
9. Knead the dough until the color mixed together.
10. Once the color is mixed, you are ready to play!

This recipe was inspired by iheartnaptime.net with additional 1tsp of oil to improve the consistency of the dough.

I molded mine into a small pieces of ball to test if it doesn’t stick on my hand. Yay! Success! It didn’t stick on my hands! 🙂

1. Store the dough into a resealable bag to keep its softness. It could last until 3 to 4 months if sealed properly.
2. If you are mixing only one color, it is best to add the color while the dough is cooking before it formed into a ball.
3. If you are mixing 2 or more colors, these are the 2 options: I prefer Option 1.
OPTION 1 – Mix the dough and food color by bare hands!
Pros: I find this a lot more easier and faster.
Cons: Just have to wash your hand after every color and try to keep them separate from each other to avoid color transfer. There was a stain left on my hands after mixing one color and washing my hands but that doesn’t transfer to the new dough that I kneaded.
OPTION 2 – Mix the dough and food color inside the storage Ziploc bag to avoid color transfer.
Pros: Doesn’t stain your hands and easy to avoid color transfer.
Cons: I find it a lot more harder, challenging and longer to mix the color.

4. For the oil – I recommend to stick on the vegetable oil! I tried using the coconut oil before and it was attacked by ants, so I don’t recommend using it.

Store the dough in a storage bag to keep them soft!

Kids in action! Love it when I see them get creative, making their own shapes!

It creates real good marble color too when combined!

The possibility is endless when it’s done HOMEMADE! ❤


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