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How to Make Playdough

This is all about how to make playdough. In my opinion, this is the best version of the home made variety. It’s elasticity is even better than the major market brand and it will hold up in a ziplock for at least 3 months…

Okay, let’s be real, the kiddos are going to probably leave their creations on the table or the counter and it will be dry in a day. But hey, that’s fine…A few simple ingredients, a little less than 10 minutes and Voila, you have some more! Joy to the World!

Gather your ingredients. This is a one pot wonder. YES… this is a stove top version, but believe me, I have tried many variations and this really is the best one. You will thank me later.

Enough for 4 kids to have 4 colors, one kid to have lots of colors or one large batch of one color. Not too much, but not too little. Just the right amount for a small group of Littles


  • 3 C Flour
  • 1 C Salt
  • 6 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 3 C of Water
  • 3 Tb Vegetable Oil (you can use Canola)
  • Various food coloring


  • Directions
  • To a cold 2 Quart saucepan add the flour, cream of tartar and salt. Give it a good stir, to mix all together. (I use a wooden spoon)
  • Add the water and oil and stir a few more times, just to incorporate into the flour mixture.
  • Turn burner on low and stir…continue stirring….stir some more… Seriously, you will be stirring for a couple of minutes continuously. Your lumps will start to dissolve.
  • Continue until your mixture starts to thicken and gathers around your spoon (can take 3-6 minutes, depending on your stove top)
  • Once it gets to this point, remove from heat and fold out onto a sheet of waxed paper, aluminum foil or cutting board.
  • Knead the dough a few times
  • At this point, if you are doing more than one color, separate your dough into desired amounts.
  • Make a small well in the middle of the dough and add food coloring of your choice. Always use just a couple drops to start with. Remember, you can always add, but you can’t take away.
  • Using your hands, knead the color in, until it no longer resembles a tye dye shirt. It should be solid with color.




Here is our finished product. I had 4 Littles at the house. My colors aren’t spectacular, but this was also done at 8 in the morning after home made blueberry pancakes, and I really didn’t care. They didn’t care either. Seriously, kids don’t care. They just want a variety to mix together at some point.

(Huge THANK YOU to my husband for this picture. My original picture was not so fancy. It’s the little things, right?)


Make sure to store at room temp in an air tight container or ziplock bags. Room temp is around 72 degrees.

Another really neat thing to do is to add essential oils! I actually added lavender to the purple one. Fun!

Make sure to leave a comment for me down below!

Always find your patch of sun! In this case, it’s endless hours of fun for your kids, which gives you some time to read, write, craft…. Okay, who am I kidding? I actually did 2 loads of laundry while the kids played playdough. I did, however, relish in their laughter and creativity.


Having so much fun!





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