DIY: Homemade Playdough

 Homemade Playdough

 PlaydoughMaking 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

Food coloring


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.

Store covered.

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