Best Playdough Recipe – Homemade Playdough With Cream Of Tartar

Are you looking for a playdough recipe that is easy to make at home? With a two year old in our house, playdough is always a hit. However, with a two year old in the house, our playdough also gets mixed, dried out, and needs to be replaced often. Learning how to make easy homemade playdough right in our own kitchen means we can keep playdough stocked and fresh!

My mom had the best homemade playdough recipe that we enjoyed growing up. She made it often, in large quantities, and in all different colors! Her flour playdough brought us hours of memorable fun.

Naturally, my own daughter is now thoroughly enjoying her own experience of playing with Grammy’s homemade playdough!

Last weekend we visited my parents and my mom made four batches of the easy homemade playdough for my oldest daughter. Not only was the process of making the cooked playdough recipe captivating for our two year old, but she then enjoyed playing with large quantities of each color just as much as she enjoys her store bought playdough we have at home!

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If you’re on the fence about homemade playdough vs store bought, I can assure you that my daughter has just as much fun with both – and with homemade playdough she gets to enjoy larger quantities. I am also less concerned about her mixing the colors together when she plays with homemade playdough. If she mixes them to the point where the colors aren’t distinct anymore, then I can just whip up a few new batches!

Here are the ingredients and directions for ¬†Grammy’s soft playdough recipe:

Homemade Playdough Ingredients:

  • 1 C. Flour
  • 1/2 C. Salt
  • 2 t. Cream Of Tartar
  • 2 t. Oil
  • 1 C. Water
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Wax Or Parchment Paper

Playdough Recipe Directions:

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix all of the wet ingredients together (add 5-8 drops of food coloring to the wet ingredients).
  3. In a saucepan over medium high heat, mix the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients.
  4. Stir until it gets so thick that it’s hard to stir. (You can add more food coloring at this point if you are not happy with how the color is appearing.)
  5. Dump/scrape the pan contents onto wax paper or parchment paper to cool.
  6. After the playdough is cool, store it in an airtight container.

Does not need to be refrigerated!


If you haven’t attempted a playdough recipe in the past it’s so much easier than you are probably thinking! Within minutes you can have fresh, vibrant playdough for your young one to enjoy – all from ingredients that you may already have stocked in your kitchen!


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