Sturdy and Smooth Playdough Recipe

Homemade playdough is one of our favorite play materials. We use it often with cookie cutters, in small worlds, or simply on its own. Here’s our favorite homemade playdough recipe that’s sturdy and smooth- perfect for sculpting!

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Sturdy & Smooth Playdough Recipe~ Buggy and Buddy

I love being able to whip up a batch of playdough whenever I want, and I especially love being able to control the ingredients of materials my children are playing with. This is one of our favorite homemade playdough recipes. This playdough ends up nice and sturdy, but also very smooth, so it’s perfect for sculpting! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Homemade Playdough Recipe for Sturdy and Smooth Playdough


Ingredients for Homemade Playdough

1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons baby oil
1 cup water
Liquid watercolors or food coloring

Directions for Making Playdough

1. Place the flour, salt, cream of tartar and baby oil in a saucepan. (This is the perfect step for the kids to help with- Lucy and Theo love measuring!)


2. Use a liquid measuring cup to measure one cup of water. Add your food coloring or liquid water color to the water and stir.


3. Pour the colored water into the saucepan with the other ingredients.


4. Stir constantly over medium-low heat. At first it will be very soupy, but soon it will begin to thicken (and give your arm quite a workout)! Once it forms a fairly stiff ball, place the playdough onto a safe surface. (We usually place it on wax paper or a cutting board.) Once it has cooled enough to touch, knead the dough until it’s soft and uniform in color and texture.


5. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks!


Recipe for sturdy and smooth homemade playdough~ Buggy and Buddy



A homemade playdough recipe perfect for sculpting and building! (Sturdy and Smooth DIY Play Dough) ~


  1. Instead of food coloring I like to add unsweetened koolaid – adds color and scent. I also like to kneed in glitter at times (after it is cooked)

  2. I need to make some of this – the different colours and textures that I an add in will be just perfect for my sensory seeker, Thank you for linking to the Kids Coop I will be featuring it this week.

  3. Now this is one we haven’t tried , this is perfect for the winter vacay! Thanks for sharing. Lovvvve your website SOO much!


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