How to Make Playdough

My kids and I love to make playdough from scratch! Making playdough in itself is fun, but it's also a unique kids birthday party favor when you put it in individual bags.

How to Make Homemade Playdough

If you've been wondering "how do you make playdough?", then you've come to the right place! Below are two different ways that will teach you how to make homemade playdough: the non-cook and cooking methods.

Want a unique spin on the same old playdough recipes? Try making something like peanut butter playdough (with scented oils) or kool aid playdough (using a kool-aid packet for the coloring)! Kids love the variety.


To Make Home Made Playdough You'll Need:

  • Medium size bowl
  • Spoon
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP cream of tartar
  • Food coloring (liquid, powder, or unflavored drink mix)
  • Scented oils (optional)

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How to Make Play-doh:

1. Mix together 2 cups flour, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup salt, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, and food coloring. If you don't have food coloring, you can use a drink mix power (such as kool-aid). If you want your playdough to be scented, now is the time to add a few drops of scented oil to the mix.

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2. Stir mixed ingredients in a pan over low heat.

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3. The dough will start to thicken as you heat it, until it resembles mashed potatoes. When the dough begins to pull away from the sides, and forms a clump in the center (as shown below), remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool. NOTE: If your playdough is still sticky, allow it to cook a little longer.

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4. Turn the dough onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth.

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5. Form dough into individual shapes, and use a cookie cutter or other forms to create the design you want.

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6. Place playdough in individual bags and secure closed with a ribbon.

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This is an easy way to make play-doh, perfect for when you want your kids to be part of each step of preparation! As I said above, I don't prefer this method because the playdough is a bit tougher to work with...but it still works great!

Homemade Playdough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Food coloring


Directions to Make Play dough:

1. Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/2 cup warm water into a mixing bowl. Knead the dough until mixed together and soft.

2. Form the dough into a ball (or several balls for different colors), and using your finger, make a small dent in the top of the ball. Place a few drops of food coloring in each "dent"...the more color, the bolder the color.

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3. Pick up each ball, and knead the color into the dough. If your dough is a little sticky, add a bit of flour to it. If it's too dry, add a little more water.

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