How to Make Homemade Play-dough (Playdoh)

Making playdoh was daunting at first, but I bit the bullet and found it was pretty easy to do with the kids. My daughter helped every step of the way and even took the video.

This recipe makes approximately 4 “play doh” containers worth.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt (fine not coarse)
  • 4 teaspoons Cream of Tarter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • food coloring

Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl – Flour, Salt and Cream of Tarter. Then in a saucepan, add water, oil and food coloring. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the saucepan, mixing as you pour. Cook over low to medium heat until a solid ball forms (3-5 minutes). Remove the play dough from the saucepan and let it cool. Do not undercook because it will be sticky and do not overcook because it will crumble.

Be sure to store the playdoh in an airtight container.








Toddler boy playing with homemade play doh
Toddler playing with homemade playdoh

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