Our Favorite Homemade Playdough Recipe

My daughter’s preschool frequently has playdough out for the kids to explore with in the mornings upon arrival so Lucy and I thought we’d make some fresh playdough for school tomorrow! She decided on yellow and orange (and a batch of pink with glitter to keep at home).

We’ve tried a few different recipes and this seems to always be our favorite. You can find the recipe  all over the internet and in teaching books so I think it’s proved to be pretty tried and true over time. It’s really soft and lasts a long time.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil (we used sunflower oil)
  • food coloring
  • additional scents and/or glitter (optional)

Basically you mix all the ingredients together. (Lucy’s favorite part because she can pretty much do it on her own.)

Then, you stir it continually over medium heat until it forms a ball. Take it off the heat and dump it onto parchment paper or wax paper. Once it cools you can knead it a bit until it’s mixed fully and soft!

Here’s our three completed batches from today. We added some sweet orange essential oil to our orange playdough. It smells wonderful! I’m thinking once fall comes we may do some with cinnamon and cloves- pumpkin pie spiced playdough!

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