Homemade Playdough Recipe

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Photo: I Heart Naptime blog


Have you ever made homemade playdough? I fondly remember making homemade playdough with my grandma when I was a little kid. My and my older sister had so much fun dying it and playing with it after it was done. Your kids can make the same fun, lasting memories with this perfect recipe!


How to Make Homemade Playdough

By Jamielyn Nye of the I Heart Naptime blog




  • Large pot
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Gallon size bag or wax paper for cooling




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
  • Optional: food coloring (I use Wilton for brighter colors)




  1. Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, stir in the the color now.
  2. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a bowl, gallon sized bag or onto wax paper.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands.
  4. Once it’s all mixed together, you’re ready to PLAY. Store the play dough inside the bags to keep soft. If stored properly it will keep soft for up to 3 months.




  • For a fun addition, add about 1/4 cup glitter to the bag and knead it in.
  • My kids love to use cookie cutters to make all kinds of fun designs with the play dough.
  • *Disclaimer: This dough should not be consumed by children or pets.


Find more fun children’s activities on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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