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).
Muma to 4
This is fantastic!! We did use lemon juice though as I was out of cream of tarter. I add it to my water to not over do my liquid. But the texture is the best yet!
We also add a little flavoring for a great scent, and multi sensory experience.
Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Great recipe. Maybe my son will be very love it. thanks you.
Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. And now that I know you’re in the same area as I am, I’m dying to meet you in person!
You will LOVE IT! Such a small world! Where abouts do you live?! Feel free to email me- Allyson@DomesticSuperhero.com
Do I use all purpose flour or self rising ?
I use all purpose but it probably doesn't matter with this playdough.
This is my go to playdough recipe. Turns out perfect every time and stores really well for lots of use!
I made this with my son for his third grade project. Worked out perfectly! Thank you for such a simple, quick, and fun recipe!
So happy you loved it as much as we do! It really is the best!
Thank you for this website.I find it inspirational. For the lazy, could this be made in the food processor?
Hi, no..this needs to be made on the stovetop bu luckily it takes less than 5 mins and only one pan.
Love it! I love how bright your colors came out too! When you smoosh them all together, did they become brown or just swirly rainbow?
No they don't turn brown!!!
Can this play dough be baked hard and painted?
I have never tried to use it that way. I do have a salt dough ornament recipe though, if you want to use that as it's intended.
How long do I leave it in the fridge? I plan on bringing this to my class for next week but I want it to last to use throughout the year.
Mine has lasted 6+ months in the fridge!
This recipe is PERFECT. I reduce cream of tartar to 1 tsp and it just nice. I save a lof of money after making playdoh with this recipe. Many thanks.
You are so welcome! definitely saves a lot of money!!!
Awesome recipe! Made it a few times now and it comes out great every time!
It is the BEST for sure!
So amazing! Feels just like the real thing. Made one batch 5 months ago that is still in perfect condition, and my daughter plays with it at least 3x a week. Just finished a second batch with more colors and came out absolutely perfect again! This recipe is a keeper for sure!
Yay! So happy you love it as much as we do! I am going to share your comment on my Facebook page! Thank you!
Great recipe! My toddler loves making and playing with this playdoh! It’s a simple and fast recipe to make! Thank you for sharing!
You are so welcome! I am so glad you love it as much as we do!!
great recipe! just wondering- would you be able to add the food coloring to the water instead?
I haven't tried it that way, but I think it would work the same 🙂
Just used this recipe and it worked fantastically! 🙂
So happy to hear that, Ron!
This recipe works perfectly for me every time. I usually add some essential oils or spices in with the food coloring. Today I made a pumpkin spice dough and a YL Theives dough. I put them in Pyrex containers on their art/sensory shelf in our playroom for storage. My girls love it!
That i a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
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