This Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe is the perfect solution to saving time and money on a hands-on activity that all kids LOVE. Plus, it’s non-toxic, stays soft for MONTHS, uses ingredients you probably already have, and is ready in just 5 minutes!
Here’s the thing, I love to shop and buy things just like anyone else, but when it comes to my kids and their hands-on play activities, I want to avoid their interaction with chemicals as much as possible. I prefer to make things like playdough to provide them with a safer alternative.
Store-bought playdough is filled with all sorts of ingredients that I would love for my children NOT come in contact with. With that being said, I’ll be the first to admit that my willingness to do DIY activities only goes so far.
I’m not willing to stand at the stove and stir for hours. But the good news is that it is super easy to make your own playdough!
I started making my own playdough more than 10 years ago and I still prefer it over commercial options. I like the way it feels but I also love that we can make ANY colors we want.
My other favorite thing…..it will NOT hurt your kids if they decide to take a little bite. They may not like the salty taste, but unless they eat the whole batch it definitely will not involve a trip to the doctor or a call to poison control. LOL
If you want a truly edible playdough recipe, check out my Easy DIY Nutella Edible Playdough.
Ingredients Needed For This Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe
Making homemade playdough couldn’t be easier! Here’s what you’ll need.
- All-Purpose Flour – provides the base and the binding agent
- Salt – adds texture and body and serves as a preservative
- Cream of Tartar – serves as a preservative in the playdough
- Vegetable or Coconut Oil – the only difference between these two oils is their fat profile. Both will work equally well in this playdough recipe.
- Hot Water
- Food Coloring – food coloring comes in more than the primary colors so get inspired
How to Make Our Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe
Simply follow these steps to make a terrific hands-on craft your kids will love!
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add in the oil and water.
Add food coloring and stir until well combined.
Knead with your hands until the color is well-mixed and you reach the consistency of playdough.
Repeat the same process for each color you want to make.
Keep this easy homemade playdough recipe in a plastic storage bag or airtight container when you aren’t using it.
Have fun!!! 🙂
Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe Notes And Tips
- Playdough will need to be stored in plastic bag or air-tight container so it does not become dry and unusable.
- If making more than one color playdough, separate into smaller bowls before adding the food coloring.
- You can add the food coloring after the dough has been kneaded and separated.
Variations of Our Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe To Try
- Change up the colors of food coloring. Did you know you could find a 24 pack of all different colors food coloring online??? Make several batches of playdough and use every color. The kids will go WILD!
- Make scented playdough using essential oils. Add 6 – 8 drops of oil to each color or batch. Use peppermint, lemon, bergamot, citrus fresh, lime, lavender or any other scents that inspire you or that the kids will love.
How long will my homemade playdough keep?
If stored in an air-tight container or sealed plastic storage bag, your homemade playdough will keep up to 3 months.
What does the cream of tartar do for the playdough?
The cream of tartar serves as a preservative for the homemade playdough and will also make the playdough more pliable instead of dry and crumbly.
Can I use unbleached flour in this easy homemade playdough recipe?
I would not recommend unbleached flour for this recipe even though there is unbleached all-purpose flour. Unbleached flour is naturally aged and dulls as it ages.
Why is my playdough so sticky?
The playdough is sticky because it has too much moisture in it. The flour will serve as the binding agent so you may need to add just a bit more flour until you obtain playdough consistency.
What if my playdough starts to dry out?
If your playdough starts to dry out, just add a couple of drops of water or another drop or two of essential oil to get moisture back in it.
Does my playdough need to be refrigerated?
No, not necessarily. If you store it in an air-tight container or plastic storage bag, you should be fine. If you think putting it in the fridge helps to extend the life of the playdough, then by all means put it in the fridge.
Try More of our Kid-Inspired Recipes
If you love this easy homemade playdough recipe, check out these other fun recipes that kids will LOVE (including some rainbow-themed options)!
- Rainbow Unicorn Cake
- Easy DIY Speckled Mermaid Cupcakes
- Ice Cream Cakesicles
- Rainbow Jello Squares
- Easy Rainbow Colorful Donuts
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
- 1 cup hot water
- Food coloring, assorted colors
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add oil, water and approximately 8 drops of food coloring.
- If making separate colors, divide the mixture into smaller bowls before adding food coloring. I can make up to 6 different colors with one batch. (You can add color after dough has been kneaded and separated.)
- Stir in food coloring until well combined.
- Knead the dough with your hands until your dough reaches playdough consistency.