The BEST Homemade Playdough - I have tried every recipe and this is by far the best! Lasts 3+ months, coloring does NOT stain hands, and it's super easy!
Over the years I have tried at least 10 Homemade Playdough recipes, and some have been big hits, and some have been big misses. I feel like I have finally figured out the best recipe for Best Homemade Playdough, and I am going to share it with you!! It is pretty easy, and involves ingredients that you likely have at home all the time (except maybe you don't have cream of tartar...maybe...).
This recipe is quick, yields a lot of playdough, and the playdough actually stays good for a long time. This would work great as a class activity for kids, or as a home activity for kids. It really is a great indoor activity!
How to make Homemade Playdough
**scroll down for full ingredients list and printable directions**
In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and ⅓ cup of salt (the salt keeps it from sticking and also helps preserve it).
Next, add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be a little lumpy and that's fine
Before it starts getting thick (this is going to happen fast, so be ready) you want to add whatever color Food Coloring you want. If it gets to thick before you add it, it's hard to get an even color. Add the color and stir!
Keep stirring, it is going to start thickening up. This could take anywhere from 30 seconds-2 minutes depending on how hot your pan/stove is.
Now you can see it's getting thicker, keep stirring, and keep scraping the bottom of the pot.
Keep stirring and scraping the bottom
Once you notice the dough isn't wet anymore, take it out of the pot.
Like I said, the whole process shouldn't take more than a few minutes. it goes really fast, and even faster when you make additional batches because the pot/stove is already warm.
Put the dough on some wax paper and allow to cool (30 minutes or so). Then take the ball in your hands and knead for a few seconds (like 30 seconds).
Store in a zip-lock bag or airtight container IN THE FRIDGE.
It shouldn't dry out, but if you notice it getting a bit dry you can add a few drops of water and knead that into the dough. You can also add a drop or 2 of scented essential oil to make the playdough smell great!
I just love all the colors!
Don't forget to order some sweet playdough cutting toys to go along with your new playdough! I love this Alphabet Dough Cutter Kit
Things you might need for this recipe - Click to shop below:
- Alphabet Dough Cutter Kit
- Food Coloring
- Wooden Spoon
- Nonstick Pot
- Cream of Tartar
- Wax paper
- Zip Lock Storage Bags
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The BEST Homemade Playdough – I have tried every recipe and this is by far the best! Lasts 3+ months, coloring does NOT stain hands, and it’s super easy!
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoon cream of tarter
- ⅓ cup salt
- 1 TBS vegetable oil
- gel food coloring
Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a medium saucepan.
Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring.
Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.
Once the dough is not wet, remove and put onto wax paper or a plate to cool.
After cooling (30 minutes) knead playdough for a few seconds.
PLAY and Store in an airtight container in the fridge!
The above will make you ONE large ball of playdough. I usually make it repeatedly for however many colors I want (so if you want 6 big balls, know that you will need 6 times the ingredients listed above, but you need to make them separately).