Homemade Kids Playdough

Make this Playdough in just minutes with simple ingredients!  Have fun with the colours!

We have the best sitter for our kids! The kids love to have her around, and she always comes with a fun activity for them to do! This past weekend, when the hubby & I went out to see The Hunger Games, we had her come sit,  and she brought homemade playdough for each of them!  So fun! 

They have been playing with it non-stop, and she left the recipe for us! It looks easy to make, and the dough is so soft and nice to work with!

Homemade Playdough

Recipe from Mary!

How to make Homemade Playdough: 

In a medium saucepan combine:

  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar

In a measuring cup combine:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • Food colouring of your choice


  • Add the water mix and 1 tsp of oil to the flour mix.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it starts to pull together.
  • Remove from heat and continue to stir until a ball forms.
  • Transfer to the counter and knead a few times.
  • As it cools, a crust will form, keep kneading.
  • If necessary, wet your hands and work back to the desired consistency.

Homemade Playdough Tips!

  • If you want dough of different colours, just separate out the dough evenly, and colour as you wish.
  • For a fun colour and smell alternative, mix a package of Kool-Aid into the flour before adding water!  Too fun!


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  • Reply Amber - Binkertation April 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    wow, that sounds easy enough!!! I bet it’d be fun for my little lady (almost 4) and I to make together. I used to HATE playdough (the mess!), but… now that I’ve got 2 kids, I love it – it entertains her and I’ve let go… a lot 🙂

  • Reply Pamela April 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    I used to make this exact playdough recipe for my kids and now make it for my 3 grandsons…it’s the best stuff ever! Many hours of memories!!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma April 10, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    What a cool sitter! I need to find one of those (sitter ha). This is such a fun idea–plus making anything yourself is always so much more fun! Great post Jo-Anna

  • Reply Stephanie @ henry happened April 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    So jealous of your sitter – we had a fabulous one but then she had to go and have a baby! So selfish, right? 🙂 I love the pretty colors in the playdough.

  • Reply Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking April 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I have grown to love the homemade stuff better than the store bought. I hate the smell of playdough! lol!

    The homemade stuff is a lot softer and you get so much more for your money that way…even with the kool aid added!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Frances April 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    love it. I just pinned it

  • Reply Anonymous April 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I’ve used a similar recipe using cake frosting food coloring. It provides a very vibrant color of playdough! I’ve used: 1 c. water, 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. salt, 1-2 Tbsp veg oil, 2 tsp cream of tartar. Add vanilla or peppermint extract for pleasant smell. Store in zip lock bag. My daughters are now adults, and I look back at our playdough times very fondly! Have fun!

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