Our Favorite Homemade Playdough Recipe

Homemade playdough is so simple to make. I like being able to whip it up really fast whenever the kids are looking for something to do. This homemade playdough recipe is perfect for kids to help with too!

Our Favorite Homemade Play Dough Recipe

My daughter’s preschool frequently has playdough out for the kids to explore with in the mornings upon arrival so Lucy and I thought we’d make some fresh playdough for school tomorrow! She decided on yellow and orange (and a batch of pink with glitter to keep at home).

We’ve tried a few different recipes and this seems to always be our favorite. You can find the recipe  all over the internet and in teaching books so I think it’s proved to be pretty tried and true over time. It’s really soft and lasts a long time.

Ingredients for Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Playdough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil (we used sunflower oil)
  • food coloring
  • additional scents and/or glitter (optional)

1. Mix all the ingredients together. (Lucy’s favorite part because she can pretty much do it on her own.)

Cooking Homemade Play Dough

2. Stir it continually over medium-low heat until it forms a ball. Take it off the heat and dump it onto parchment paper or wax paper. Once it cools you can knead it a bit until it’s mixed fully and soft!

3. Enjoy!


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  1. Jeannine McCormick says:

    How many balls of dough does this recipe yield for the Valentine idea?



  2. Shannon Gardner says:

    How many snowmen can you make with each batch of dough? We’re doing this project on Friday at our school party. Thanks!

  3. Joyce Nutzmann says:

    Question ~ I linked here from the snowman factory page ~ wondering if you have an idea how many batches of dough I would need to make for 12 snowmen ?? Thanks.

  4. Heather Willis says:

    I want to do this activity for my daughter’s 3rd grade Christmas Party. I need to make the play-doh ahead of time. How long will it remain soft in a sealed container?

  5. Christina says:

    Worked out great. Thank you for posting the recipe!


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