#1 BEST Playdough Recipe
PLAYDOUGH IS AWESOME
Playing with playdough is one of my favorite activities to do with my children! It stimulates creativity, promotes social development, builds fine motor skills, and is just plain FUN. But, in our house playdough does not last long! Not much time passes before our playdough colors are mixed together and usually speckled with dog hair and cheerio crumbs. It would cost a fortune to keep buying new playdough. Enter homemade playdough!
SOMETIMES IT TAKES MULTIPLE FAILS TO FIND THE PERFECT RECIPE
I started making homemade playdough when my oldest (now six) was about two. I became the queen of playdough Pinterest fails. Some batches came out too gooey. Others were too hard. Some actually stained our hands and stuck to our fingers (gross!) And a few batches came out okay but dried up before we could use them again.
THE #1 BEST HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH
Let me be the first to tell you, I finally found a recipe that is awesome! After tweaking it a little, I now have the #1 BEST playdough recipe. It is easy to make, super affordable, and lasts up to six months when properly stored. And the best part? It feels just like store-bought playdough. Maybe even better!
IF YOU ARE A PARENT TO LITTLE KIDS, YOU NEED TO TRY THIS RECIPE!
Here’s what to do:
STEP 1: GATHER INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
essential oils (optional)
STEP 2: MIX DRY INGREDIENTS IN 2-QUART SAUCE PAN
Mix 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, and 1/3 cup salt in a 2-quart sauce pan. Don’t skimp on the salt. It acts as a preservative and makes the playdough last longer!
STEP 3: MIX LIQUID INGREDIENTS IN A SMALL MIXING BOWL
Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and a few drops of food coloring in a small mixing bowl. We chose green for this batch!
STEP 4: POUR CONTENTS OF MIXING BOWL INTO SAUCE PAN
Pour contents of mixing bowl into the sauce pan. Stir the ingredients together. Use those muscles! Just kidding! It’s actually really easy to stir.
STEP 5: COOK OVER MEDIUM HEAT, STIRRING THE WHOLE TIME
You’ll notice it getting goopy. That’s a good thing!
STEP 6: WHEN IT GETS DRY, TAKE IT OUT TO COOL
It should only take 1-2 minutes for the playdough to begin to clump into a ball. When it does, put it on wax paper to cool. This is what it looks like when it is ready to come out. Don’t overcook it or else it might get too dry!
Let it cool for approximately 30 minutes. (We have little patience and only waited about 10 minutes before we play with it. Haha. It works just fine! Just a little warm.)
STEP 7: WHILE THE PLAYDOUGH COOLS, SOAK THAT PAN!
You do NOT want to deal with crusted-on playdough goop. Go soak it, right now. Unless you have a non-stick pan. Then skip this step and give yourself a high-five!
STEP 8: KNEAD IT FOR 1 MINUTE
Knead the playdough for roughly 1 minute after it is done cooling. It will feel like you just bought it from the store! If you want to make your playdough smell pretty, knead a few drops of essential oils into it now!
STEP 9: REPEAT TO MAKE DIFFERENT COLORS
I love all the bright colors!
STEP 10: STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER IN REFRIGERATOR
Make sure you store your playdough in an airtight container. Keep it in the refrigerator for a longer shelf-life. Playdough should last 3-6 months when properly stored.
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- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- food coloring
- essential oils (optional)
- Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a 2-quart saucepan. Put aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together water, vegetable oil, and a few drops of food coloring.
- Pour contents of mixing bowl into the saucepan.
- Stir ingredients together.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring the whole time.
- When dough becomes dry (roughly 2 minutes), scoop it onto wax paper to cool.
- Soak pan immediately.
- Let Playdough cool for 30 minutes.
- Knead playdough for one minute. If using essential oils, mix in now.
- This recipe makes one large ball of playdough. If you would like to make multiple colors, you will need to repeat this recipe for each color.
- Store Playdough in an airtight container or baggie. Keep refrigerated.