Making playdough at home is so much fun, and it’s really easy to do! Store playdough in a covered container or Ziploc bag, if it sweats a little, just a bit more flour. For sensory learning, use the playdough warm, cool, or room temperature. I have included two versions, one is cooked and the other is uncooked. Choose the recipe that suits you and your family best.
Colored Playdough (Cooked)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour.
Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
Basic Uncooked Playdough
1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Tempera paint or food coloring
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.
Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.