Making Playdough At Home – A Recipe For FUN!


Although my own children have outgrown this activity, we still get to enjoy it now and then when entertaining other young ones!  It never fails to bring smiles, and is a safe, economical remedy for those “winter doldrums”!

This recipe, which I’ve had for years, is easily made, with simple ingredients you have in your cupboard, and keeps very well.

Homemade Playdough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 T. vegetable oil

2 t. cream of tartar

1 cup water

Few drops of food color

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Cook and stir until the mixture leaves the side of the pan and changes consistency.  Dump out onto plate, or counter, and let cool enough to handle.  It is fun to work with when it is warm and very soft and does not require extra flour on hands or table like some recipes do.  This playdough stays soft and fun for a long time if it is stored in a zip-top plastic bag.


  1. You can also use a packet of koolaid instead of the food coloring. My kids still, even at age 13, 11 and 9 LOVE homemade playdoh!

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