Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

I love doing fun things with my kids, but I don’t do stuff as often as I’d like because of time and the mess. The Lord knows I have enough messes to clean up as it is without purposefully adding to it!

I look on Pinterest and see all those cute craft projects and ideas for kids. I pin that glitter project that’s momentarily caught my eye and for a fleeting moment, I contemplate actually attempting it. And then the realist in me takes over and I know it ain’t gonna happen.

How many of you do the same? Come on, admit it. We’d all love to be those fantastic crafty moms but the simple truth is most of are just too tired with too many other things to do.

If that’s you – or even if you are an amazing crafty mom (my hat’s off to you!) – then this post is for you.

Easy Homemade Playdough recipe. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, is non-toxic, and cheaper than store bought. A great homemade gift and absolute fun for kids all around!

This is such an easy recipe for making homemade playdough. I found this recipe online about 2 years ago and since then, made a couple modifications. 

This homemade playdough recipe uses common kitchen ingredients, is cheaper than store-bought playdough, and takes less than 10 minutes to make. I made 6 batches in 30 minutes. Pretty awesome, huh? And in my experience, it doesn’t crumble and make as big of a mess as the stuff from the store. It’s also hardier and lasts longer – I have a batch from well over a year ago that’s still going strong! And did I mention it’s non-toxic? 

Click here for: Easy Homemade Playdough FAQ

(I get so many comments and questions that I can’t answer all of them. I recommend checking out the link above for frequently-asked-questions and my answers. And if you still need help, you can email me. Thanks for reading!

scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe

What you’ll need:

This recipe makes a large amount, probably equal to 2-3 containers from the store. So you might want to halve it or make it in 2 saucepans. I made 6 batches of the full recipe because with 3 kids wanting to play with it, it’s good to have more to go around. More to go around = less fighting.

In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt. Yup, that’s 1/3 cup of salt. Don’t make my mistake and misread it to mean teaspoon. I could blame my toddler because he was hanging on my leg. Yeah that’s it. That resulted in a stickier ball of playdough. The salt keeps it from sticking and also helps preserve it, so you definitely want that in there. If you make more than one batch, feel free to play around with the amount though. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup and that made it a little too much of a salty texture for what we wanted so I decreased it to 1/3 cup and that worked much better.

Add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. You could probably use canola oil if you don’t have vegetable oil, but as I haven’t tried it, I can’t make any promises.

Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be a little lumpy. That’s okay.

Keep stirring until it starts getting a little solid. If there are still a few lumps, that’s ok – you can work them out later. If your stove is already hot, this may only take 20-30 seconds, but it may take 2-3 minutes if it’s still heating up.

Once it reaches that point, add the food coloring right away. It will be much easier to mix up if you do it now. I showed the regular food coloring you can get from the grocery store in the ingredients picture (because it’s easier to identify) but I used my favorite AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Food Color - this food coloring is amazing – a little goes a long way and you get such rich colors easily. I rave about this every chance I get.

Stir in your food coloring – my kids wanted orange here, not that can you exactly tell the color from the picture below:

Stir that color in!

Now the dough will start getting thicker and a little lumpy. Just keep stirring.

Once the dough starts gathering together around the spoon you know it’s done. This may be 20 seconds or 2 minutes from the time you put the food coloring in, again depending on how hot your stove is. My first batch was longer, but once I whipped together more batches, it literally only took a few seconds and a total of 2 minutes on the stove from start to finish.

Take it out of the saucepan and put it on some waxed paper or a plate to cool.

Once it’s cooled, I like to knead the playdough for a minute or two to get out any lumps and to get it to a better consistency. Then again it could just be my excuse to squish it myself before handing it over to the kids…but I’m not admitting anything…

Doesn’t it look fun?

See all the colors?  Now don’t you want to make some and squish it?

 

For storage, I just have the kids put our homemade playdough in a ziploc bag. It seems to be hardier than the store bought stuff and doesn’t dry out as easily. If it does become dry, you can work a few drops of water into it.

I have an old batch I made over a year ago and it’s still going strong!

Homemade Playdough
Less-crumbly, less-junk, and more fun, this homemade playdough recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  4. 1/3 cup salt
  5. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  6. food coloring
Instructions
  1. Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a 2 quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring.
  3. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.
  4. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.
Notes
  1. Store in a ziploc bag or container.
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Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married with four energetic children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for encouraging other moms, photography, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and attempting to keep her home organized.

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  1. I’m wondering, do you have to use cream of tartar? It was nearly $3 for a little container at the grocery store when I looked. Seems pricey for one ingredient. I’d like to make this because it does look fun and I have a little one who puts everything in her mouth so I want the edible kind.
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    • Yes you do. I think it’s something to do with the consistency. Every playdough recipe I’ve ever seen uses it.

      This recipe calls for 2 teaspoons and if you halve the recipe to make different colors, you can easily get a few batches out of one small container.
      HTH!
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      • Heather says:

        At the preschool I work at we make our own play dough and use Alum. It is a very similar recipe to this one so I would think it would be a decent substitute.

        • Susie S says:

          I have used alum and tartar interchangeably and they work fine. Have used this recipe for 10 years as a preschool teacher.

          • I check the price today at the grocery store. Alum and Cream of Tartar cost exactly the same. However, you will get quite a few batches of this playdough from one little jar making it very cost effective considering that “real” Play Dough can cost $3.00 for 4 small containers. This is, by far, the best recipe I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried MANY)!

            • When I first saw how much a tiny container of cream of tartar was I felt the same way. Since then I have found it @ Target. Their brand is around $2 for a container twice the size of most stores. Not sure if you live near a Target or not. Hope this helps!

            • Very interesting…I am going to include this recipe in my site and thank you very much for all of the great information.

              • I bought some Cream of Tarter at a health foods store, they sell spices by the oz and it was 15 cents an oz (much cheaper than anywhere else I looked). You can always call the store before you go too.

      • I thought the same thing, but I just made up 3 batches and I would guess I maybe used about 1/3 of the jar. That’s not too bad if you consider you will probably be able to make up a good 10 batches at 30 cents per batch. One batch is equal to about 3 potsof playdough. And it lasts a very long time – much better than the real stuff. Plus, can’t beat the customization options :) I just put glitter and just used coconut oil in mine it smells divine! And the consistency seems much smoother than the batches I put veg oil into.

        • Amanda — I really want to make this for my nephew and I’d love to do the coconut oil. Can you tell me how much you used?

          • I don’t have any vegetable oil and was thinking about using coconut oil too. Bridge, my guess is just substitute it for the same amount of vegetable oil.

            My kids used to go to montessori school and our first assignment was to make a batch of this playdough with our child and bring it back to school to be used in the classroom. It was fun because it stocked the classroom with playdough but it also got us in the kitchen with our kids and it showed us that we could do this at home too. The teacher used to freeze most of the playdough we brought so she could just bring out a fresh batch when their center needed refreshing. So I thought I’d let everyone know that it evidently freezes well.

        • thanks for the tip! sounds like a good idea :)

    • Usually you can pick up Cream of Tarter in your Bulk Spices Section (Ours is in the Natural Section) of the grocery store so you only have to buy as much as you need and its much cheaper than buying a whole container….

    • You can usually find cream of tartar in the bulk food section of many stores. If you are anywhere near a WinCo grocery, they have wonderful prices in their bulk foods.

    • Torie h says:

      You can make play dough from Kool aid packages and that recipe is without cream of tartar. If you google Koolaid play dough recipe you will find it. And it smells amazing!

    • No you do need cream of tart. I use fresh lemon about 1/2 of one for 2 batches.

    • I believe the cream of tartar helps keep the dough from getting moldy and stinky.

    • You can actually uses vinegar instead of cream of tartar. same amount just mix it with some extra flour first to take away the wetness. I wish I would have known about this secret in my preschool teaching days…. spent plenty of money on cream of tartar back then…. vinegar Works awesome and way cheaper. Also in a pinch i used some evoo i had instead of veggie oil… still worked fine. !

    • Thanks for the recipe, I work at a daycare and the kids love this stuff! I actually didnt have enough cream of tarter for my second batch and to be honest in my opinion it came out just fine :)

    • Sharon Taylor says:

      The Cream of tartar holds the color in. More fun than food color, try adding a package of unsweetened Kool Aide instead, adds color and scent.

    • marissa says:

      do you know how long it takes for it to dry out? i need a lot of playdough for a school project but i need it to harden. also do you know if i cracks when it drys or if it holds its shape?

    • Harlequinn says:

      It seems like a lot but you use 2 teaspoons for most things, its also good for meringue. I guarantee youll have it and find quite a few uses for it. Its not as though youre using the whole thing in one sitting.

    • I go to a grocery store that has a pretty extensive bulk foods section. When you buy spices and such in bulk, you can usually get them for alot cheaper. Just save an empty container of cream of tartar and refill it with the stuff from buying in bulk.

  2. Love this – especially the bright colors. At the rate we are going through PlayDough this might be a great option for us :)
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  3. Tiffany Cruz
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    I’m so making this. I’ve had cream of tartar in my cabinet forever and have never used it. I don’t even know why it’s there. I think it’s from my husbands house before we got married. When we combined our items after moving in together I magically had it.

    I love the bright bold colors. What food coloring did you use. I like that each color is in the same hue family. Very cohesive.
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  4. this is such a fun idea!! we made this and the kids would create all sorts of things!! it lasts a long time if stored in an air tight container too. great recipe for fun!
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  5. Perfect! Thank you.

  6. susan hartman says:

    I copyed this recipe for my niece. She goes through so much playdough. You can create a lot of new colors!

  7. Angela Wells says:

    I love this idea. I teach pre k and am always looking for new recipes. Can you tell me if the food coloring stains the kids’ hands. Had that happen once before! I sent 16 kids home with BLUE hands!! They looked like smurfs!

  8. I made this for my classroom today! It was so easy, and fun to make! On a teacher’s budget this is a great alternative to buying it. Thanks!

  9. This is a great recipe – very safe recipe, without toxins! :-) My oldest daughter just made silly putty in school for a science project and they had them using Borax. Thanks!
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  10. I have tried so many playdough recipes before and this is hands down the best I have ever came across! Thank you so much!! Very quick and easy to do and virtually mess free!! Can’t beat that!!

  11. your recipe looks awesome the color is so vibrant, I’ve made this before with the kids but it didn’t look like this. Great job and I can’t wait to do it right this time lol…thank you for sharing.

  12. Christina M says:

    I made some yesterday and used Wilton Red gel to color it….my red isn’t nearly this bright though :( Any secret to getting it so vibrant? Or is it just the difference in food coloring brands?

  13. Can you make this with rice flour? Looking to make gluten free play dough that is this easy.

  14. This is wonderful!! Great way to make your own! I wish I knew this when my kids were little. I will have to do this for my grandson soon. Great instructions and find!!!

  15. Nancy VanDyke says:

    My kids are grown, but I used this recipe for them and it is wonderful. I will be using it for my grandchildern. Thanks

  16. Rebecca says:

    I am so excited to make this for my four kids! I have always hated the way the store bought kind smells so this looks like it will be a great alternative. I do have one question, is the food coloring nut free? I have one (maybe 2) little one with a nut allergy and the Wilton food coloring is made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts but I can’t find an ingredient list online for the americolor ones.

    • It is! I just checked on the website and it says “no tree nuts or peanuts.” Several comments on Amazon also mentioned that they appreciated this was safe for their nut-allergy kids.
      Have fun making it!
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  17. Great recipe. I never let my kids play with playdough because it made such a mess, but grandkids are a different story. I made one batch in hot pink and my 4-yr-old and 2-yr-old granddaughters have been playing with it for an hour.

  18. You can also,use kool-aide instead of food coloring…
    It makes it smell good..

  19. use coconut oil and it will smell so yummy!

  20. i made this for my kids who are now 27, 26, and 23. :-) i had and still have arthritis in my hands and i can still remember making this and plunging my knuckles down in it. the warm, clinging ball of fun and goodness was also therapeutic… :-)

  21. If you use boiling water you can skip the cooking entirely. Adding the color on that step is what makes the color so vibrant. We made this 2 times a year, 6 batches at a time for 3 classes at our preschool. Skipping the cooking part makes it move really fast

  22. Use 2 pks of unsweetened KoolAid instead of the food coloring and double the cream of tartar. The KoolAid powder makes an intense color and a wonderful smell. That’s how we made it when my kids were small.

  23. This recipe is amazing! I’m 22 college student (so obviously, a ton of cleaning is NOT my idea of fun) so this was perfect to make with my 7 year old sister! I loved it just as much as she did! LOL Thanks :)

  24. i was reading this and wondered if adding some scent stuff would change the consistency, around the time you add the coloring. like peppermint and orange, so they can have another sensory item to help with learning. i want to make this probably tomorrow it looks so easy to make and play doe is expensive. my boys go through it like its nothin… lol

  25. Andy Judd says:

    Instead of cooking the playdough in a pan just use boiling water – the result is the same but takes half the time and you don’t ruin the saucepan!

  26. I loved making this with my son. I used canola oil as I didn’t have veg oil and it turned out perfect :)

  27. jennifer dansberger jones says:

    I had a coworker who would make this every month for the preschool. She made it in the morning and brought it in warm. So relaxing to play with and the kids loved when she added scents or glitter.

  28. How did you get yours so bright? I used almost half a container of blue food coloring and its still such a pale robins egg blue.

  29. I like the bright colors and that it’s non-toxic. Thanks for the info.

  30. Love this for the yellow we did, however we used Wilton Black, and my hands are hot pink now…..hmmm wondering if there’s a way to prevent this from turning the kids hands pink too, I may try to refrigeration unless someone else knows any tricks.

  31. Ugh, “Christ following, homeschooling…”. Another lot of children being brainwashed at birth and dumbed down by the same people.

    • mettamama says:

      This is an incredibly ignorant comment and has no place here. If you have a problem with the author’s religous beliefs then simply don’t make the play doh recipe but please keep your hateful comments to yourself.

      • Thank you!
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      • I agree with the above comment. Tori’s comment IS incredibly ignorant. I have never met the owner of this site Erika, but I admire her for holding to those principles. We need more children in society with values and good upbringings and purpose in their lives. Her children are lucky… no BLESSED to have a mom who stays home with them, instills values into them from a young age, and homeschools them. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, but I have seen some incredible kids come out of a homeschooling home. Don’t make ignorant judgments, Tori that you know NOTHING about! Thanks Musing Mom, Erika for your blog and taking a stand for what you believe in. Too many people don’t.

    • Yes, please enjoy the recipe but there is no need to be unkind. I’m sorry you have a negative impression of Christianity but we are allowed to share our different beliefs and religions including the lack of one in our country. Celebrate the fact that we are all different and can enjoy each other without hatred or discrimination. Being a Christian does not equate being uneducated. I don’t know of any college that does not allow degrees to Christians. Many of us do have our PhD’s and are still Christians.

      So, I am going to enjoy this blog that has MANY kind comments and a GREAT playdough recipe that I just tried. I LOVED it. Thank you for the food coloring gel brand tip. I will have to try that to achieve more vibrant colors. My preschoolers in MOPS and church will appreciate the new recipe. :-)

  32. Aundreya
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    I’ve been making this for years and have always preferred using boiling water. Goes much faster and doesn’t leave a pot to wash. (make sure it’s boiling-not just hot….if it’s not hot enough you’ll just have a sticky mess) I’ve added scents like peppermint and vanilla, also have added cinnamon. The cinnamon makes it smell great and gives it a cool texture-plus it makes it a pretty natural color if you don’t have anything to color it with.

    I’ve used food coloring and even paint to color my playdough. If whatever you are using does happen to make the playdough a little sticky, just add some flour and it will be perfect!

  33. Always wanted to make homemade play dough! My son is still too little to play with it, but in due time… I will keep this recipe close by so when the time comes, I’ll be ready! ;) Thanks again Erika for another awesome post! Your website is just fantastic!
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  34. judy gardner
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    i used to have this recipe and lost it – thanks so much for posting! it is very easy to make, and with all of the pretty food colorings out there now it looks really pretty!

  35. I just made a batch with my daughter and so far so good! I saw lots of people commented about cream of tartar- it is an acid, so that is probably why lemon juice could possibly be used as a substitute. Just the chemist in me thinking here… Anyway, thank for the recipe!!!
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  36. Best. Play. Dough. Recipe. EVER!

  37. Just made three batches, super easy. Perfect rainy-day activity for my little girls. Thank you for posting!

  38. Getting ready to make this recipe and realized I didnt have any cream of tartar. Did a little research and found a substitute:
    white wine vinegar or lemon juice in 3 times the ratio to the cream of tartar requirement.

  39. Brenna G says:

    Thank you so much for posting. Just made a huge batch for my son and his friends. Love this recipe!

  40. shawna durk
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    oh yay im glad i found this thank you. I think though instead of food coloring Im going to try to use a powder koolaid packet and see how it works :D

  41. This is the same recipe we use, except ours has 1/2 cup salt :) Kids and I love to make this together :)
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  42. I’ve been looking for a better homemade playdough recipe than the one I currently have, (too crumbly). Hope this one is it! :) Thanks!
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  43. thanks so much for this recipie…can’t wait to have some fum with my 3 year old grandson…he’ll love helping!

  44. Lynn M. says:

    I just made this for my 9,7&5 yo siblings, they are in love! Great Saturday project! :)

    I used canola oil and it worked well! I used vinegar in the place of the tartar. Also I didn’t have food coloring so I took out 1 tablespoon of water and added one tablespoon of lime juice when I was supposed to add the food coloring. It kind of smells like a salt and vinegar chip as the 9yo pointed out.

  45. Thank you so much for this! I have tried so many recipes and nothing has worked for me. First day it’s ok and then turns to a sticky mess. I made this on Wednesday – it was quick and easy and is still going strong. I can’t buy play doh where we live and it is a favorite with my girls. So happy I came across this post.
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    • I’m glad it worked for you! It should last for quite a bit longer – we have a batch that’s over a year old and it’s still good!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  46. Karla Kish DeLoma says:

    I love this recipe! I put my food coloring in with all the other ingredients and that seemed to work well for me….even if the playdough gets left out for hours or overnight, it’s still moist! So much better than buying it and my toddler prefers “Mommy’s playdough” over the store bought kind. Plus, it’s easier for her to work with and goes through the Playdoh Plump easier….Thank you so much for this recipe; I made 7 batches of 7 different colors and gave half of each batch to a friend!

  47. Sue H.
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    My neices loves to play with Play doh. I’m going to give this to my sister. Thanks!

  48. joannie sparks
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    I also wish i had this when my kids were little and my granchildren. But now i am a great grandmother so i get another chance to try it out. thanks alot Ladies jscddmj [at] aol [dot] now

  49. In 1976 when I went to kindergarten, this was on our supply list along with the recipe. This has been around for years! I have made it for my kids all their life and it has always lasted a long time. <3 this stuff!

  50. This is great! I have three little kids, so I never buy playdough b/c its so expensive and ultimately they mix the colors all up and it gets thrown away. I love that its edible and it gave me a reason to use up some of the cream of tartar that just sits in my cupboard! Thanks so much!

  51. This is great! I have three little ones, and I never buy playdough b/c it is so expensive and it gets thrown away once the colors get all mixed up. So glad its edible, EASY, and a great way to use up the cream of tartar that just sits in my cupboard! Thanks!

  52. Hermoso blog, esta receta en especial es lo maximo! gracias Mamá de 3 que estudian en casa

  53. Eileen
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    I have made a variation of this a lot in the past, but not for a few years. I think your colors are WAY more vibrant than mine ever were. I do love the consistency. The only thing is, how do we get that Playdoh smell in ours…LOL. Something about the smell of Playdoh that takes me back to when the kids were really tiny. Maybe that’s why I like it so much.:)

    A great project to let kids help with. And have older sibs do for their little sibs. Also a great project for babysitters to do with their kids (parent approved of course)…my 12 year old would love to make this!

  54. Thank you for the recipe! I used canola oil without even checking it first, and my play dough turned out great. I also used soap dyes instead of food coloring (simply because that’s what I had), and that worked, too.

  55. Heather says:

    I just made 4 batches of this and I am gonna have to throw it out…. Mine did not turn out so well, did not have cream of tarter so I used vinegar as suggested by others, maybe I didn’t cook mine long enough, I waited till it came together around te spoon but it is still sticky and can not do anything with it except squish it, I will try again…. Any suggestions on what maybe I could try different? Much appreciation!!!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Is this edible and can it be used for fondant?

  57. stuti parkeria says:

    hiii, i m stuti from mumbai (India) can u tell me where will i get cream of tarter for making homemade playdough as my little one loves 2 play with dough., or suggest me easily available substitute of it. i will b thankful.

    • Hi Stuti, I’m sorry I don’t know where you could get cream of tartar in India. You could try vinegar instead as a few others here have, but I don’t know the exact measurements or how it would turn out.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help.
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
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    • Tim Goyer says:

      Stuti,

      You should be able to find it readily enough at places like INA Market and Modern Bazaar. Otherwise, cream of tartar is produced from wine making. If you have trouble finding it where you are, you may be able to find a supplier by inquiring from a local vineyard. It’s also known as Potassium Bitartrate, if that helps your search.

  58. Demi Williams says:

    Is there anything i can replace the cream of tartar to make this.?

  59. This playdough looks amazing, I really like the color of it. I will definately give this a go with my children! :)
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  60. chrissie says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for posting this! I found it via pintrest. I had success with adding some cheap gel food coloring even after I finished the dough. I made a yellow and my son and I decided to see if we could make green. So I just tore off a handful and squeezed on some green gel food coloring. I did add it while it was still pretty warm so don’t let your kids do that part but my 10 and 7 year olds are in the other room having a blast with the new playdough!! Thanks again for sharing!

  61. Hi,
    I made this fantastic play dough yesterday and me and my little girl loved it.
    Afterwards I stored it in a plastic bag. Today we wanted to use it again, but it was all wet and sticky! Did you ever have this problem as well? What did I do wrong?
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Roos

  62. how many drops / how much food coloring do you use in each batch to get the rich colors in the picture?

  63. Centuries ago, the recipe was just flour, same quantity of water and oil, lot of salt and food coloring. Monosodium glutamate was the preserving element. Yes, we ate it when we shaped cookies, pasta, ice cream palettes, so on. Any day, after learning how to mix colors to get new ones, a classmate mixed the play dough to get new a color play dough. It did not work of all. She ended up with marble play dough!

    Thanks a lot for posting this easy to do recipe. The children would appreciate it a lot, specially during the winter days when there is not much outdoor activities.

  64. Janelle says:

    I made this today!! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! I made it as directed and then added a corresponding koolaid and the same color glitter for smell and sparkle!!!! Even my older kids loved it!! THANK YOU!

  65. Instead of using regular oil I used baby oil…..but I think I like using the other one in case the kids try to eat it. My kids are older and don’t eat play-doh. I still 2 little ones to go so I will have to go back to the other one. Thank you for your awesome website. :-)

  66. Hi there,

    My daughter and I just made two batches of this and it came out pretty good. :-) Like you said, I didn’t realize that it was going to cook up so quickly, so the color of our first batch didn’t get thoroughly mixed in, but we were ready the second time. We have one “issue” and that is when we began playing with it, it got kind of sticky and stuck to my daughter’s hands. I thought I had read somewhere in here that you said the salt helped keep it from getting sticky, but when I went back to re-read that, I couldn’t find it. Any suggestions on the stickiness? More salt or what…? Thanks!

  67. Alisonjane says:

    Hi Erika,
    My mum used to make playdough for us as kids this same way however there was one difference. She always made the dough without any colour first. She would take it off the stove when it was ‘cooked’ and let it cool a little. Then she separated it into smaller batches, poked her finger in and dropped the food colouring in then. It was then our job to knead the dough so the colour spreads evenly. It was really fun but also made us a part of the cooking process too. Just thought I’d add this.
    :) Alisonjane

  68. Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it with the kids just now. We found that if we added the dry ingredients and the oil first then the food colouring and then the water that we got much better colours. We made pink, blue, purple, green and yellow. I’d have made more but kids just wanted to start playing! This will be my ‘go to’ recipe for playdates and passed it onto my little boy’s playschool teacher too!

  69. Lyndsay says:

    I just used baby oil instead of vegetable and it worked great and smells good!\

  70. cathy stech
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    I use the ..same recipe, BUT kill 2 birds with one stone… try using a “kool aid” packet for coloring and the added bonus of a great fruity smell to the playdough also!

  71. Katie
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    I love this! I just made some last night and I 4 batches was enough to fill 20 baby food jars which I am using in my daughters 1st birthday treat tubs.

  72. Wow, I will definitely keep that recipe in a corner, my boy loves playdough ! Thanks for the tip ^^
    Just one thing : what is cream of tartar ?

  73. I just made this and mine came out a bit sticky… What do you think I might have done wrong?

  74. @ Erika, this is brilliant.
    Thanks a lot.
    I am experiencing problem to let my toddler playing with playdough as she keeps put everything to her mouth. Guess this will be a surprise for my husband when he saw our girl playing with dough and eat them! LOL!

  75. I really enjoyed this post and am excited to make some play dough for my son! Thank you.

  76. Sammie
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    This recipe was fantastic! I found it on Pinterest. I’ve never made play dough before, and this was SO easy! I made 6 batches in less than 30 minutes with no mistakes. Thanks for the great tutorial. I saved about $15 by making my own versus buying the same equivalent. The cream of tartar (small container) was exactly enough to do 6 batches. I am giving out individual containers as favors for my daughters birthday party. Thanks for sharing! =)

  77. Hi there :) Just wanted to let you know that I have just made 3 batches using olive oil because we don’t have veg oil in the house. It came out brilliantly. Thanks for the great recipe :)

  78. Thank you for this recipe for Playdough! This is so much less toxic than the stuff that can be bought from the store.
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  79. kate loeb says:

    Fantastic!!!! It was better color however to add 10-20 drops of food coloring to the water before you stir it in. Way easier to mix that way.

  80. Just a thought for storage, if you have a baby food eating age child and use the square plastic containers you could wash and reuse those to keep the dough instead of ziplock bags and they would stack easier in a play bin or on a shelf.

  81. Thank you for posting this! I found it on pinterest and made 6 batches today! It didn’t stick to the pan or ruin it like some comments suggested… I’m excited to see the kids at the preschool play with it and if the teachers can tell that it’s not actual Play-doh.

  82. Just wanted to say thanks for this recipe and lovely pictures to go with it. I’ve tried a few variations on this recipe but yours is my favorite. Some of the other ones were too dang salty and left my hands all dry and grody after playing with it. This recipe has the BEST consistency. Love it.

  83. I didn’t use cream of tarter & i didn’t cook it. Mine came out perfect. I accidentally put a lot of olive oil but I made up for it with flour.

  84. I’ve read in some homemade play dough recipes that you need to store it in the fridge or it will go bad. Does this need to be refrigerated, or can it be kept at room temp?
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  85. Thank you so much! This recipe worked great!!

  86. Wow! This looks so simple and easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  87. Hi I was wondering if this could be baked? Being across the country from grandparents I thought baking and sending them art projects would be sweet. Do you have any idea on temperatures and times?

  88. Going to make homemade playdough for the first time and this looks to be the best out there. I’m wondering, can you use kosher salt in this recipe?

  89. I made my first batch last night. I used canola oil because I didn’t have any vegetable oil. It seems to work just fine. I’ll have to try it with veg oil when I have some and compare them.
    I have a feeling I’ll be making this a lot, so I think I need to keep track of the combinations of the food colours, otherwise I’ll never be able to make the same shade twice!

  90. I love the awesome photos and perfect instructions but just like you… most of all, Jesus.
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  91. Awesome recipe! Will try this real soon! :)

    Hi, I am Honney. An aspiring homeschooling mom. I’m glad to read on your profile that you’re homeschooling, too. Will add you to my blogroll. Thanks a lot! May God bless you more and more!

  92. We’ve been using this same recipe (except in our recipe we sub Kool-Aid for the food coloring) in our Sunday school classes for 10 years or more. Then I started using it at home when our oldest was ready for play-dough. I have found that storing it in store bought frosting containers keeps it freshest the longest. About half of the recipe fits in one normal size frosting container. Just take off the wrapper and write on the outside with a colored sharpie what color is on the inside.

  93. My husband found this and sent it to me! Today is our oldest boys 4th Bday, and since its rainy out, I decided on a cool project, so now we made some playdough and my two boys are in all their glory playing with it! Thank you for this, SOOOO simple to make, and very easily fixed if mess up the coloring, you know only speaking from my first batch;) Have a good weekend!

  94. I was wondering, does this recipe feels greasy after a while? I made a different one that also used vegetable oil and it didn’t feel to bad but after a month or so of being played with and stored in a ziploc bag it felt super greasy and the kids didn’t want to play with it anymore.

  95. i also looks very temting !!i feel like eating it;)

  96. I was also looking for a recipe that did not include cream or tatar, here you go moms. :) anythings possible. Ive made it before..just forgot about it. http://www.ehow.com/how_8049685_make-playdough-cream-tartar.html 2 cups of water, 2 cups of salt…2 cups of flour…. make it the same way you would with any other play dough recipe.

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    Shared with our fans, great recipe!
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  98. this is soo cool my mom wouldn’t make it………………..

  99. I love homemade playdough! We use to make it often when my sister and I were younger.
    I now work and a childcare center and we have the two year olds help pour in the ingredients and made their own playdough. It’s a fun project to do with kids! So long as you’re in control of the heat and their little fingers are away at that time. =)

  100. Does the playdough stain at all?

  101. Great Recipe Erika..just to let you and your readers know..Canola Oil works great!
    Blessings!
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  102. Just made this and it worked great! Thanks!!!

  103. Valerie Charles says:

    I’ve been using this method of making playdough for several years and I love it too! I didn’t know about the food coloring you use though. That looks great! I’ll have to try it. You can use any kind of oil, including baby oil. That makes the play dough smell good!

  104. I loved that this was so fast and easy and there was virtually no clean up. The dough came clean away from the pot I used. I mixed my colors in after the dough came together. I divided one batch into four balls and made each a different color. I can’t Imagine buying play dough again because the consistency of this is perfect. I used the Americolor gels too and they blended easily with this method and are nice and bright. I have made it twice in the last week because my kids want more colors. They like to make pictures on cookie sheets using the dough to make every element of their art.

  105. thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try this out!

    I didn’t read all of the comments, but for those worried about the price of cream of tarter another great use for it polishing silver. You mix it with lemon juice and then just use a cloth. It’s something that I learned in elementary school. It makes it worth it to purchase a large content of it if you can find it.

  106. When I had my own pre-school, and later when I worked in day-care centres, we always made our own play-dough and this is the recipe we used. Because it isn’t commercially made and contains no artificial preservatives, we always threw it out after one month and made new stuff. Bacteria from little hands grows quickly…

  107. I just made this and it was so easy my 3 year old helped me! He and his little brother love it! Thanks.for sharing I just might put these in cute little containers for my neices and nephews for Christmas!

  108. Great recipe. Just made some with my daughters. I tried to make some previously with another recipe and it didn’t turn out well. Thanks for posting this!

  109. Since everything is eatable I was thinking about putting it on cakes. It sounds easier to make than fondant. Would it be the same if I would put sugar instead of salt? Or salt is there with a reason? Thank you! :)

  110. I agree this is a great recipe. I have used it for years. My twist is, instead of food coloring is one pkg of unsweetened KoolAid! Not only does it color, not maybe as bright, but it makes the playdough smell great.

  111. Regarding cream of tartar. Snickerdoodle cookies require cream of tartar. It’s what gives it a unique taste that regular sugar cookies do not have.

    I used to stress over the cost of gift wrap tape that my grandson would over use. Yet, I had to admit it is actually a cheap and educational ‘toy.’

    Same with cream of tartar. Get some at whatever price and use it for crafts or fun tasty food. Google other uses of cream of tartar…a product of grapes/wine making. http://www.finecooking.com/item/5240/cream-of-tartar

  112. Thank you for the recipe, it worked great!

  113. If I wanted to make this for my kids for Christmas, would it hold up til then or should I wait until it gets closer to that time?

  114. i love the colours!!

  115. May I add that in our church/preschool we make a lot of homemade playdough, and one tip we discovered was to add unsweetened kool-aid mix to the ingredients. Adds some color & great smell! When it wears off you know it is time for a new batch.
    Love your site!

  116. I really love this recipe! I did it on my small front burner on 3 and it worked out in less than five minutes it seemed. I did the food coloring after I took it out of the pan. I was able to do that right out of the pan, as it was not that hot. I did a little less than 1/3 cup salt. Next time I will try 1/4 a cup to see what that does. I made blue, grey purple, red, yellow, and green from one batch! So easy and awesomely fun to do!
    Thank you for putting this recipe up online! Thank you for sharing your faith, too!

    Love in God,
    Nicole

  117. I just made four batches of this recipe and they turned out great! The first batch cooked way faster than I was expecting. I’m assuming that you used an electric stovetop, vs. my gas range, so that’s probably what made the difference. So for the remaining three batches, I added the food coloring to the water, and then mixed everything together before even turning on the fire. I think I still overcooked it, because it is a bit drier than I was expecting, but I think kneading a little bit of water into it will probably soften it up nicely.

  118. So glad you shared this post with us. I will be using it as my daughter loves play dough. I also shared it on FB for my friends with kids as im sure they will enjoy it. Thx

  119. Have tried sooo many recipes and this is by far my favorite! I subbed alum for the cream of tartar and used coconut oil and it came out perfectly! Love the coconut oil instead because it smells nice and it makes hands feel very nice, not sticky or greasy :) Thanks for sharing, this is my go to play dough recipe from
    Now on!

  120. Thanks so much for the recipe! I made this using coconut oil and India Tree natural / nontoxic food coloring. I have to admit that the colors came out a bit silly due to the food-based dye (yellow, red, and blue = yellow, bright pink, and pink!) but my 2.5 year old loved it anyway, and I don’t worry if he accidentally eats some :).

  121. Needed a recipe for my son’s preschool and this looks so easy! Your blog is beautiful, BTW. Thanks for the help with the playdough!
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  122. Thank you for sharing not only a great recipe but fantastic pictures!! It turned out well and I want to explore the food coloring you mentioned as your doughs were really bright!
    Thanks again!
    Jennie

  123. I made this for my son. Very easy! I can’t wait to see what he says when I give it to him. He’s two and is just starting to get interested in play dough.
    I remember when my mom made homemade play dough for me and my sisters. I’m glad to pass this along to him.
    Thanks!

  124. I love this recipe. But I use less salt. I use a quarter cup and it works just fine. I also stopped using the dyes, as these are toxic. Here is just one of many examples. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/16/new-fear-about-food-dyes/
    I use natural foods to make colored water to use in the play dough. I used 1/4 cup of blueberries, heated them in a little water (1.5 cups or so) until they popped. The water was as dark as I wanted. So I strained it and used it in the recipe.
    I made an awesome white person flesh color by using yellow onion skins. I cooked them in some water, strained and used it in the play dough.
    I just noticed the color of the water while cooking my dried black beans. So I took a cup of it out and am going to make a batch of that color later on.
    You could use a myriad of foods to make different colors. Like strawberries, or cranberries. Or even juices, like orange, grape, etc. It does not effect the play dough. It does not mold or go bad. At least ours haven’t.

  125. Michele Ladd says:

    Erika,

    Thanks for your step by step recipe. It was just what we needed. We had to make up a few batches for Science and they turned out great! Keep up the good work.

    Blessings to you,
    Michele

  126. fantastic recipe! I substituted 1 teaspoon baking powder for the 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter and it still turned out fabulous like your picture ;) totally felt like supermom making my first batch of homemade play dough for my little one!
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  127. I just wanted to say thank you! For putting the playdough recipe & super easy to follow directions on your site! Ill be making this with my 7yr old in a few mins! Can’t wait & thanks so much again! Can’t wait to findd other fun stuff to do with him soon!

  128. rheanna says:

    I am 15 and i just did this for fun! This is the BEST thing EVER! i could do this all day!

  129. great playdough! tried with 1/4 c salt and it worked great i just worked in a little extra flour when kneeding.

    thanks for sharing

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    How fun! I would love to make this for my niece
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  131. Hi Im in Uk and would love to make this for my 4yr old but we dont use cups as a measuring guide could u please tell me how many grams or ounces are needed instead of cups as cups over here range from an epresso size to a jumbo coffee cup and everything in between

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  133. Agnes Smith says:

    I used to make this for my daughters many years ago and had lost the recipe. I have been looking for it for a while now and I think this one is it! Thanks so much for posting it. I have four grandchildren now and would love to have it on hand for them.

    Agnes

  134. Great idea for a rainy day. I will have to make this with my granddaughter one day soon.

  135. Hanneke says:

    I tried this recipe without the cream of tartar (cause it’s hard to find in Holland) and it turned out just fine. I love these things where you can easily trie to do something new in only a few minutes. I used food coloring from Dr. Oetker, the most common baking brand in the stores, but I had to use the whole bottle to get the dough pink (not even red). So I think next time I’ll use a better product instead. That being said, the recipe is perfect! Can’t wait to make some more for my friends’ kids!

  136. Momma Jorje
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    This is so fun to make! I made pink & light blue batches for my kids, trying to make red and blue. Now I’ve made green, blue, red, and yellow! 16oz peanut butter jars are the perfect size t hold an entire batch! I made the blue and yellow tonight, so I can’t wait for my daughter to see them in the morning!
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  137. Great recipe! My daughter loves it. For storage, I saved the plastic containers from her baby food and keep it in those.

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  139. MzHolliWudKitti says:

    Hello Erika! I know im about a year late but i just wanted to ask…kan we just add the koolaid packets instead of the food coloring to THIS recipe???? i love how yours LOOK like PlayDoh! My daughter is excited to make it! We are gonna try YOUR recipe first then the KoolAid later. WE have made the basic one (NON cooked) lots of times but this looks like it will be much better! thanks so much for the info! AND TO ALL WHO COMMENTED!! I LEARNED A FEW THINGS TODAY!

    TOODLES FROM CALI!

    • Never too late! I’ve never tried KoolAid, but it should work nicely. The recipe is so easy to make anyways, it’s not a big deal if a batch turns out less than ideal. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

  140. Emily H says:

    We made this dough yesterday, and a ton of it. It is very pretty and vivid with the gel colors. One thing that irked me is that it is pretty drying and does leave that crusty film on our hands. In the beginning, I took some of my batches off as soon as they began to cling into a ball and they didn’t have as much of a problem with the film on the hands and were much more malleable . The rest of the batches I kept on the heat until they were a pretty firm ball and I guess they dried out a bit too much because they leave a bad film. Not sure if anyone else had this problem but I guess these need to stay pretty moist and I may be tempted to try adding a little more water or oil to them to see if that fixes the film problem.

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  143. Cynthia says:

    I just made this today and it came out great! I fudged on the colors a bit, but that’s fine. Tip: def use a non-stick pot :) Thanks for the recipe

  144. For those who don’t like the cost of crèam of tarter… I’ve had the same small container for 3 yrs. I use it one time a year to make Christmas sugar cookies.
    I used to make this playdoh when my daughter was little. It stayed soft a lot longer than the store bought kind.
    Invest in the cream of tarter. It’s worth it.

  145. i have made this for years. great recipe. in the old days, it was used as a wallpaper cleaner!

  146. Connie is right. That’s what it was originally created for. It just turned out that many preschool educators used it to play with and now that is all it is marketed for. The original recipe did not have coloring in it for obvious reasons. ;-)

  147. My mom used to make this for us and I remembered the ingredients but not the proportions. Thanks to your recipe my 2.5 year old is in toxin free playdough heaven. I read that the brand name dough is made in China and completely unregulated. With kids putting that stuff in their mouths I can’t imagine how are they get away with it but I’m not buying any for my child.

  148. Yikes, I didn’t know that about the brand name! that’s a little scary.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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    [...] So, I decided to make my own play-dough I remembered seeing my friends making some for their kids and figured it couldn’t be that hard to make. I Googled a bit for a simple recipe and found this: [...]

  48. [...] homemade playdoh–let the kids help with the process of making the play-doh (find a recipe here or here), then spend the afternoon making your own dough creations.  Use rolling pins & cookie [...]

  49. Playdoh and Pumpkins | Hello Happy Face says:

    [...] boys have played with playdough (which I made wayyy back in May for their 1st birthday using this recipe found via Pinterest) before, but not in a couple of weeks and basically I needed something to [...]

  50. Easy Homemade Playdough | Extreme Canadian Coupons says:

    [...] on Musings From Asahm Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. This entry was posted in [...]

  51. [...] NOTE:  I found a great recipe for playdoh that seemed easy, so I spent a few minutes making playdoh that didn’t work.  I think I [...]

  52. [...] dough, is the perfect answer. I whipped some up this morning with Paolo. I used this fantastic recipe at Musings from a Stay at Home Mom. It’s by far the best play-dough recipe I’ve come [...]

  53. [...] I think I must be craft dough challenged. I tried so many playdough recipes before I found one that I could make work, and now I have failed at two salt dough recipes. If you have a recipe that you think is foolproof [...]

  54. [...] Home Made Play Dough – My mom made me homemade play dough all the time growing up and I loved it. It was warm and mushy and she would make it any color that I wanted. It’s incredibly easy to make, non-toxic and fun. But this medium is pretty much for kids and open-minded adults. Don’t expect professional results from homemade play dough. Here’s a recipe. [...]

  55. [...] At my friend’s request (ahem, Becky), I tried a play doh recipe (here) from Pinterest then cut those out and baked those. I’ll be honest. After taking pictures for [...]

  56. Scented Valentine's Day Play Dough | Two Texas Sisters says:

    [...] just discovered the joy of homemade play dough.  My source was Musings From A Stay at Home Mom.  We never got play dough as a child.  I’m pretty sure it had to do with my mother and the [...]

  57. [...] CHEMISTRY – Make play-dough using salt (20 [...]

  58. [...] Musings From a Stay at home Mom (I didn’t try this recipe yet, but looks good and clear instructions and looots of positive [...]

  59. [...] Another perennial favorite. We used store bought dough at our house, but Erika at Musings from a Stay at Home Mom has a great homemade recipe here. [...]

  60. World's Easiest Play Dough | Discover Explore Learn says:

    [...] There are several different recipes for making play dough available online - this is one we’ve used many, many times and love. [...]

  61. [...] You can find the Complete instructions at Musings from a SAHM [...]

  62. No need to buy these easy DIY kids play items. - Little Lovlies LLC says:

    [...] Homemade Play-dough [...]

  63. [...] My daughter loved it and gave me just a few minutes to click. She decided I was done and took off with the dough . I have to say that kneading the dough while it was warm was completely relaxing and watching the dough get its color was fun. I am sure you can understand how excited I am about the whole process . I looked at a few videos online and a few links too. Seems like a standard recipe to make play dough. Recipe from here. [...]

  64. [...] Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe A recipe for a copycat Playdough is shared on this blog. [...]

  65. Win a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Black Camera! Just Pin it to Win it! | K Squared Glamour says:

    [...] Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe [...]

  66. Kiddo Art Supplies You Can Make At Home | Sharp Lady Musings says:

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  67. [...] States which made making the playdough a little easier. I used my favorite playdough recipe from Musings From a Stay at Home Mom. This post contains affiliate [...]