There was a time for me when the thought of making homemade playdough coincided with things like spinning yarn, milling flour and milking cows. There was no way. Why bother when you can buy playdough in a can from the store?
Well, after 4 children I finally learned – homemade playdough is awesome! The number 1 reason I make my own playdough is because homemade playdough is so much cheaper than buying playdough in the store.
These are some other reasons why I now make my own playdough:
- I can make a lot of playdough at one time.
- I can make any color I choose.
- Because it is so cheap to make I am not concerned with how my kids choose to use it. Want to mix colors – sure, go ahead.
- If necessary (because of allergies) I can adjust ingredients, like using rice flour instead of wheat flour.
- Scents can be added.
- It lasts a really long time.
Play Dough Recipe:
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup water
- food coloring
Mix first 5 ingredients in a pan with a wire whisk until smooth. Add food coloring. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for about 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a clumpy ball. Remove playdough from the pot. Transfer to lightly floured countertop and knead for 5 minutes. After playdough has cooled transfer to a plastic bag or other airtight container.
Secrets for perfect playdough:
- Always use Kosher Salt.
- Be sure to whisk ingredients before heating until smooth.
- Add scents to your playdough like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, essential oils, or extracts like vanilla, lemon, etc.
- Add glitter to your playdough as you are kneading.
- If your playdough is too gooey, add additional flour as you knead.
- If you want to make smaller batches with a larger variety of colors, do not add the coloring before cooking. Cook white playdough and add a couple drops of coloring to small batches as you knead.
- If it doesn’t turn out perfect the first time, try again. Make an adjustment. My first mistake was cooking the playdough too long before transferring it to the counter.
Seriously, take my word for it. Homemade playdough is easy to make, and so worth the little bit of effort it requires.