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

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>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>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>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>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>
<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>I haven't had any problem with our dog trying to eat it. Besides, a little wouldn't hurt. </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>
When do you add the food colouring ?
<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>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>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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<p>Loved it!</p>
<p>I made two batches today for my grandkids, it is the best recipe I have used.</p>
<p>Awesome, thanks!</p>
<p>Just made it for my daughter for a project took no time at all and worked well, Sitting in pan cooling as a type</p>
<p>Fantastic! I'm glad to hear you had fun.</p>
<p>Just made 6 batches of this. Turned out perfect every time even when I doubled it once. Great recipe! Thanks!</p>
<p>Perfect for my nurture group! I couldn't believe how easy it was. Thank you.</p>
Thanks for posting this recipe, it turned out great and was definitely easy and fun.
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The first time I made it, it turned out perfect. The ingredients mixed together like silk and it was easy. The first time, somehow I forgot the salt and oil so it was just a big ball of sticky mess.
<p>Very nice liked. I hope you the further development.</p>
Just made this for my daycare and it turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing!
<p>You're just jealous that she had a great idea!</p>
Does anyone know how to make dohvinci doh? I want to get one for my daughter but i don't know if i can afford to keep buying refills... I'm disabled so money is really tight. Thanks.......
<p>There are coupons for Dohvinci right now if that helps... Sorry, I couldn't find anyway to handmake it yet online. http://www.hasbrorewards.com/coupons</p>

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