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Easy, Homemade Playdough

When I need something to occupy my kids for hours, this 10 minute "recipe" is just the thing! They love to pick the colors, and sometimes we even add essential oils. Combine with some kid-safe kitchen tools (like cookie cutters, rolling pins, or a garlic press), and you've got a complete DIY Playdough Set!
Prep Time10 mins
Keyword: Kids


  • 2 cups White flour
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 cup Salt Inexpensive table salt is best.
  • 2 Tbsp Oil Use whatever you keep in your kitchen, I typically have avocado oil handy.
  • 1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar, (optional) Increases elasticity of the playdough
  • Food coloring, (optional) You can play with it plain, but that would be boring!
  • Essential oils, (optional) Since there's oil in the recipe, the essential oils will be able to incorporate into the playdough


  • Mix the flour, water, salt, oil, and cream of tartar (if using) into a pot.
  • Heat on medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the playdough looks like mashed potatoes, is pulling away from the sides of the pan, and is no longer sticky. (If it is still sticky, just keep cooking and stirring longer...it WILL dry out, I promise!)
  • Remove from heat, and dump playdough onto a heat-safe surface.
  • When it's cool enough to handle a bit, divide evenly into 4 dough balls.
  • Make a thumbprint in the middle of the dough balls, then add 5 drops of food coloring (and 2 drops of essential oil, if using). Fold and knead the playdough ball until the food coloring is evenly distributed. Feel free to add more food coloring and/or essential oils if you want a stronger color/scent!
    (My kids LOVE doing this part, but be aware that they will probably get their hands a little stained by the food coloring.)
  • Have fun playing with it!
  • When you're finished, store each playdough ball in an airtight container (zip top bags are perfect). The high salt content acts as a preservative, so as long as it doesn't dry out then this playdough will be useable for months!