Playdough (aka Play-doh) is easy to make at home, and fun for kids of all ages.  Here's how to make your own non-toxic toy with custom colors and fragrances.

This is the classic method that involves a bit of cooking on the stovetop - I prefer it because cooked playdough has a better texture than uncooked varieties.  If you want the kids to be able to do it all themselves, try this uncooked playdough recipe.

Warning:  Keep away from dogs and other pets.  Playdough smells like people food but contains lots of salt, and a hungry dog can eat enough to cause a dangerous salt imbalance.

Step 1: Ingredients

Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it's so easy to make at home you'll never buy that stinky store variety again.

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened Kool-Aid or similar drink mix)
scented oils

Used turmeric and got an awesome yellow
How long does the playdoh last in airtight container outside the fridge ... i have been giving away the doh so i would need to inform my friends
<p>Hi,</p><p>I made this at home yesterday night, it was just superb. The consistency, the elasticity et all. I then put it in an air tight container and then placed it in the fridge, i open it out today morning to get to room temperature before passing it on to my 3yr old Son, i see that its all moist and very very very sticky!!!!!!! </p><p>What could have gone wrong???? And, mind you, this is the second time i am facing the exact same issue. </p><p>Kindly suggest!!!<br>Savitha</p>
<p>Hello savithabs,</p><p>upon reviewing your post I am able to assure you that you are simply making a novice mistake. So, I will review the entire process over for you from start to finish...</p><p>Step 1)Acquire the necessary ingredients </p><p>Step 2)Mix the ingredients together in a graduated cylinder(or a mixing cup)</p><p>Step 3)Stir the ingredients together on a stove with the temperature at low-medium heat(Place it directly on the stovetop) NEVER PUT ON OPEN FLAME</p><p>Step 3a)Consistently stir the ingredients until they become very play-dough like, and make sure the play-dough does not burn (this will take roughly ten -15 minutes give or take 3 minutes)</p><p>Step 4)A test you can do is stick you finger in the mixture and if it doesn't stick then you are good</p><p>Step 5)Store at room temperature in a bag, container, etc...</p>
<p>Hey MichaelD193, </p><p>Thanks for the reply. </p><p>I did do all the steps without missing a T, i guess i will go with your Step 5, might be keeping it in the fridge in an air tight container is causing this problem, i will have it at room temperature instead and see how it goes this time. </p>
<p>Made these for party entertainment and favors! It's a Tinkerbell themed party and I added green glitter and purplish star confetti. I also added a tiny bit of Lychee scented oil to make it smell fruity. Great consistency. It got difficult to stir while cooking, but it's fantastic!!! I threw it all in the kitchenmaid with the dough hook attachment to add the coloring and add ins. </p>
When do you add the food colouring ?
<p>add the food coloring in roughly three minutes into the process of heating on the stove</p>
<p>I am a preschool teacher and use this all the time. If kept in a container it lasts a couple of weeks! I add the color with all the ingredients before cooking it. It saves on the hands getting tired from kneading it in...plus it mixes in better :)</p>
<p>May I ask, people say it keeps &quot; a couple of weeks&quot; but what happens to it? does it get hard? does it mold? does it turn to mush? I want to make some as gifts for my nieces to play with for the Holidays, but I want to make it ahead of time and I don't want it to go bad before I can give it to them </p>
<p>I made this for my daughter's preschool class in August. It is now almost Thanksgiving, and they are still using the same batch for the kids. I've offered to make more, but it isn't stinky or dried out so no need for new dough.</p>
<p>Usually it dries out and gets a bit too crunchy to use. If you keep it in a nice air-tight container you'll be able to keep it for quite a while, but this varies with both the container and your region's ambient humidity.</p>
<p>You put food coloring when you put first 150 g of flower second you put 140ml of water next you put it in a bowl next you put food coloring </p>
<p>I'd like to know too.</p>
<p>You add it in after it is cooked, and then you take the playdough, add in food coloring, and knead the dough.</p>
<p>Is this safe for children, we adding colors right?</p>
<p>tomorrow I'm going to have my granddaughter make some centerpieces for Thanksgiving. I'll use this recipe but will add a little red and yellow food coloring so the dough will be a light orange, the same color of the flowers we'll use to make it plus I'm going to add a little cinnamon and one ground clove to give it the smells of the holiday. For Christmas centerpieces I add small squares of scented wax cubes. They smell wonderful throughout the holiday. For Christmas, I dye my dough either red or green depending on the color of the candle I use </p>
<p>I made this several months ago and everyone loved it. Now I want to know if I can add glitter? Has anyone tried it?</p>
<p>I would think you could add glitter in while cooking it. </p>
<p>Careful with that, some types of plastic glitter can melt.</p>
<p>You can add glitter in along with the food color, or at any point after. Just be aware that large glitter may make it gritty.</p>
<p>my nephew will so love this!</p>
<p>Hey... i made this few times, but I still have problems where to store it. I did ziplock, and fridge, but after 3 days is sticky and it sticks to everything :( I made one more and I stored it in ziplock and not in a fride and it is sticky after one day... Looks like I will have to cook it like every day :D</p>
<p>Super easy. Next time I will cook it a little longer but it worked out great. Let's just say my daughter thinks dad is pretty cool right now.</p>
<p>Awesome. Great work!</p><p>*parent high-five*</p>
<p>Really cool. Guess I'll have to keep my dog out of the room whenever my kid is playing with this play dough. Anyway thanks for sharing this cool tutorial.</p>
<p>Hello my name is Umair I'am in year 3.</p><p>What your name and which year are you in.</p><p>And you know how to make play-dough</p>
<p>I haven't had any problem with our dog trying to eat it. Besides, a little wouldn't hurt. </p>
The type of flour you use makes a difference. I tried this once with regular flour and the next time with self raising flour and it seems to work out better with the regular.
<p>Me and my 4 yr old daughter just made it!!! Its a totally perfect recipe, although I had a little bit of a treasure hunt to find the cream of tartar. Was not carried at our superwalmart, so we had to purchase that at a grocery store. I cooked it just per the instructions, doubled the recipe, and timed it at 20 minutes. At the end, I covered it and let it cook for a few minutes to help take the sticky tacky part out. We love it!! Super Easy!!</p>
<p>I'm using it for an upcoming instructable!</p>
<p>Looks really nice with those bright colours.</p>
<p>Do I add all the ingredients together at the same time in a sauce pan? </p>
<p>very nice..</p>
<p>I've made this recipe twice, when it was done cooking it was mashed potato consistency. The next day it's gooey. Is there something I'm doing wrong?</p>
<p>Keep cooking it. Make sure you're following the recipe, but cook it for longer. I cook it over fairly high heat and just keep stirring until it turns to dough. </p>
<p>When you put it in a container, (I put it in plastic ziploc bags) make sure you leave it open until the playdough has cooled completely. If you put it in and close it immediately, the moisture cant escape the bag.</p>
<p>If you use Koolaid to color it it will also have a nice scent</p>
<p>I love the Koolaid in it too, but it makes our play dough toys a bit sticky and gets moldy within a couple of weeks. Without the Koolaid, it never molds, just dries out eventually.</p>
Thanks for this teaching,can it be used as dummy cake?
<p>This is great. Cheap &amp; super easy, best recipe I have found so far, thank you!</p>
<p>Thank for the charming idea! I bet my nephew will totally love it!</p>
<p>thanks a lot it worked great for me and my friend!!</p><p><br>we made lots of different colours there for we thank you!!</p>
<p>I made this for my kids, it is awesome, got the recipe from a college friend and loved it. Really last and is I feel nicer than the store stuff</p>
<p>Can't wait to have kids and be legitimately allowed to play with toys again. This included.</p>

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