The Best Playdough Recipes
Fun and easy to make at home recipes for the best homemade playdough
that use common pantry items to make!
With and without cream of tartar
With and without salt
Most of the recipes can be made without cooking / without heat.
Great for birthday parties, play dates or any time kids,
preschoolers and toddlers want to create!
Experiment with different color combinations or make the colors
that match your party theme and send home with guests as a party
2 Gluten Free playdough options.
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1. Coloring - After making the dough separate into equal portions and
place in quart ziplock bag. Add food coloring to the bag and
close. Knead the color through the dough (kids love helping with
this step!). No mess and it won't stain your hands.
2. How long can homemade playdough be stored?
This homemade playdough recipe can be stored in airtight containers or
ziplock baggies for about 3 months.
3. For playdough with a twist add 1/3 of a cup of glitter to the
playdough mixture before or after adding the food coloring.
Homemade Play Dough Recipes
The Very Best Play Dough Recipe
2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Salt
4 tsp Cream of Tartar
2 Cups Water (lukewarm water is the key!)
2 to 3 Tbl of
Cooking Oil (coconut or vegetable )
Food coloring in several colors
1 Gallon size zip lock bag or wax paper
Quart size zip lock baggies
Quick to make and super cheap at $1.00 per batch! This soft playdough is
great with cookie cutters and super soft for molding. Store it for
up to 3 months and it remains soft.
How to Make Playdough
In a large saucepan mix flour, cream of tartar and salt together until
Stir the oil and water to the flour mixture.
Cook the play dough mixture over low to medium heat until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
You will need to stay with the saucepan and stir the ingredients
When the mixture easily forms into a ball remove the pan from the heat.
Put the play dough mixture inside the 1 gallon zip lock baggie and let
cool for a few minutes. Seal the baggie and knead the dough until
it is smooth. If you are only making one color of play dough then
add the coloring to the baggie bag and knead until the color is uniform.
You can also place the dough onto wax paper and knead with your hands if
you do not have a gallon baggie.
To color the playdough:
Separate the dough into as many colors as you want. Form a ball
with the dough and place each ball into a quart size zip lock baggie.
Add food coloring to the baggie, close, and then knead the food coloring
into the dough. 4 - 6 drops of food coloring should be enough for
This is a great place to get older kids involved in the making process!
Kids love to mix the colors inside the baggies and bonus - no mess!
Kool Aid Play Dough
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Cups Boiling Water
1Tbls. Cooking Oil
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 Packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix flour, salt and Kool-Aid together in a bowl. Add oil to
boiling water and then pour into a bowl.
Mix with a large spoon
until the dough is cool enough to kneed with your hands. Continue
to knead until the color is blended all the way through.
This is one of the easiest and best homemade playdough recipes!
Cornstarch Play Dough
1 Cup Cornstarch
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 1/4 Cup Cold Water
Mix food coloring and water together.
In a saucepan mix all
ingredients over medium heat for about 4 minutes until mixture thickens
- the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Remove from heat and put
into a large bowl. When cooled knead the mixture until smooth.
This homemade playdough recipe is made without
cream of tartar and without flour or salt.
Potatoes and Cornstarch
Gluten Free Play
2 cups instant mashed potato
1 cup cornstarch
½ cup sea salt (fine)
1 cup hot water
¼ cup white vinegar
2½ TBLS oil
gel or liquid food coloring
This is a great homemade playdough recipe that is easily made without
Mix together the potato flakes, cornstarch and
salt in a large bowl. Add to the mixture the hot water, oil
Mix ingredients well. Once the playdough is sticky and clumps
together add the food coloring. Separate small balls of
dough into separate containers. One container for each color dough
you are making. Keep adding color until it is the desired
The playdough can be stored for 2 - 3 weeks sealed plastic bag or container
with a tight lid. You can also store in the refrigerator.
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