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Homemade PlayDough Recipe

Best Homemade PlayDough Recipe

This homemade playdough recipe is simple, natural, and great for kids. They enjoy making the DIY playdough almost as much as playing with it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 color
Author Emry Trantham



  1. Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.

  2. Mix together ½ cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.

  3. Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed and you have the consistency you're looking for. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

  4. Set aside on a pan or a sheet of wax paper and repeat the process for whichever colors you want to make.

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Mixing the food coloring with the water before combining with the dry ingredients allows you to blend them by stirring, without staining your hands.

Some people put essential oils in their homemade playdough. We chose not to but go ahead and add some if you want scents (like lavender or peppermint) in your play dough.