Playdough Recipe

I’ve tried many playdough recipes over the years with my four kids and I always come back to this one. This homemade playdough recipe is soft, lasts a LONG time, doesn’t stain little hands, and uses common ingredients you probably already have.

Plus it’s super quick and easy to make (you can make a batch in about 5 minutes) and much cheaper than buying ready made playdough.

And it’s just plain fun to have the kids help you make their very own playdough recipe!

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I love doing fun things with my kids, but I don’t do DIY stuff as often as I’d like because of time and the mess. Honestly, I have enough messes to clean up as it is without purposefully adding to it!

Yes, I look on Pinterest and see all these cute craft projects and ideas for kids. Then I pin that glitter project that’s momentarily caught my eye. For a fleeting moment, I contemplate actually attempting it. And then the realist in me takes over and I know it’s not going to happen.

Can any of you relate? We’d all love to be those fantastic crafty moms but the simple truth is most of us are just too tired and busy.

If that’s you – or even if you are an amazing crafty mom (my hat’s off to you!) – then this DIY playdough recipe is for you.

playdough recipe

Easy Homemade Playdough

playdough recipe

Less-crumbly, less-junk, and more fun, this homemade playdough recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes!

Prep: 5min

Total: 10min

Yield: 3


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • food coloring


  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring.Â
  3. Continue stirring until the mixture is thickened and begins to gather around the spoon.
  4. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.

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How do you make 3 ingredient playdough?

1/2 cup cornstarch. 1 cup baking soda. 3/4 cup water. optional: 2-3 drops of essential oils are fun to add in.

What is the best homemade playdough recipe?

Our #1 favorite, best play dough in the world recipe! 1 cup flour 1Tbsp cream of tartar 1/2 cup salt 1 cup water 2 Tbsp oil food coloring Mix all ingredients together, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the pan, remove from heat.

How do you make easy homemade playdough?

Play Dough Recipe 4

1 cup water 1 cup flour ½ cup salt 1 tbs oil 1 tbs alum 2 tbs vanilla Food coloring (optional) Mix dry ingredients together.

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Helen is an author and editor at, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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