homemade playdough

We made homemade playdough this weekend. It was a gloomy Saturday, and I got inspired to make it when I friend mentioned that she did. It was really easy and fun. I loved the stuff when I was a kid, so it turned out to be a fun trip down memory lane. I must admit, I probably played with more than Rowan.

I got this simple recipe here and  the whole process probably only took about 30 minutes. Plus, aside from the food coloring, I had everything in my pantry. Here is the recipe:

(Also, you should try this recipe for edible diy fingerpaint. It uses a similar list of ingredients and a great natural, non-toxic solution for toddlers, and super fun.)

Homemade Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar 

food coloring

Mix all of the ingredients in a pot, and stir over low heat. The dough will thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center remove the pan and allow to cool until you can handle it comfortably. Place dough on a clean surface knead until it is smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

Make a small dent in each ball of dough and drop food coloring in each hole. Fold the dough working the food coloring in. Use plastic wrap or gloves to protect your hands. Though, I did get lazy and started working the dough with my bare hands. The food coloring came out with a good wash. 
Once the food coloring is worked through, it is safe to handle. Keep adding coloring until the desired color is achieved. 

Store in an airtight containers.


  1. I remember making this as an art project way back when I was in elementary school- I failed miserably at it! Now, I hope to be a success, as I want to make this for my daughter :) Thanks for posting this.

  2. We love homemade playdough! Salt dough is a quick and easy stand by recipe :-)


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