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

I made it! It feels like the real thing!
I just made some but instead of cooking ut low heat i took the water and salt and heated it till it was almost boiling and add the rest of the ingredients and mixed and it was done in maybe 2 mins.
Did you make this then without cooking on the stove? In trying to make play dough without a stove, just a hot water kettle.
Is it alright to using baking powder if cream of tartar is not available?
<p>We used Baking Powder and it worked fine - you just have to use a bit more.</p>
<p>I had to add more than I expected but it's still super soft. Heads up:Don't add to much flour or else it will get too dry been there done that. Had fun making this.??</p>
<p>I made this homemade playdoh recipe ang my kids loves its consistency. Very elastic and easy to mold. They even tell me it's better than the original Play-doh. See Images of my homemade playdoh here:</p><p>http://www.mamamelyn.com/2016/12/Save-Money-With-Homemade-Play-Doh.html</p>
<p>Does this &quot;go bad&quot; after awhile? Any idea how long?</p>
<p>The cream of tartar also helps preserve the playdough. I've used the same batch in my classroom for several months. Just pop it in the refrigerator.</p>
<p>Thanks for that, very helpful.</p>
<p>Do you have to use that many/much ingredients? I mean, why would you waste 2 cups of flour, and warm water. Not only that but 1 cup of salt, that's a bit much. Also, is there any replacements for the cream of tartar? I don't have any, and I love to make some blue play dough. </p>
<p>You know you can't make playdough with equal parts water and flour? That's playgoop. Mind the typo. </p>
<p>You know this is a cooked dough recipe... it is always equal parts flour to water. </p><p>1 Part Flour<br>1 Part Water<br>1/2 Part Salt<br>1 tb oil per cup of water/flour<br>1 tsp cream of tarter per cup of flour/water</p><p>Flour contains starch, and when you cook the starch with water it thickens. Mind the comments.</p>
<p>This recipe is great. But if I want to make ornaments, what temperature do I bake at and for how long?</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>I made this with my kids. It was great! Good recipe! </p>
<p>Although the addition of cream of tartar was a little helpful ; I used Arrowroot. The sticky feeling was immediately solved. I wonder what effect it will cause ?</p>
<p>I made it. Stirring playdoh is no joke. :-)</p>
<p>Nicely done.</p>
Very excited about this. My daughter chose dumbo as her theme for her baby shower. We had lots of fun making it and I'm pretty proud of the results. You be the judge.
My 11 year old Grandson made this tonight for a school project! It turned out perfectly! Scented with essential oil too!!! Awesome!
<p>This is great. My daugter will love to be able to make her own colors</p>
<p>Not sure what's going on with the people who say it doesn't work. If you read above the ingredients, you do have to cook it. I've found it best to add the water, salt and food colouring first. Heat and stir while the salt dissolves, then add the flour, oil and cream of tartar and continue to stir. If its still gooey, add more flour. The only times this hasn't worked for me is if I forget an ingredient or add too much of one thing. I think it's better to use 2 tbsp of cream of tartar. This is a pretty basic recipe and is the same as most you will find on the internet. </p>
<p>Just made this for my Toddler classroom, and I have to say, the recipe was easy! I made two different batches (one with fruit punch drink mix, and the other with purple food coloring) and they both turned out beautifully. I like the suggestion of cooking them at about 4 on the stove for ten minutes, that was the perfect amount of time to keep it smooth but not to goopy. I love this super simple recipe, and will be using it again when I can get some more food coloring!</p>
<p>Okay this is by far the easiest play doh recipe I have ever made. Came out beautifully! My 3 kiddos and I doubled the recipe and followed it to a T. As far as I'm concerned, you MUST use Cream of Tartar for the correct consistency to play with properly. We stirred all the ingredients together, then placed it on the stove on level 4, so medium low. Took a total of 10 minutes stirring every minute or so. Once you feel the consistency is close, turn your stove off and let it finish. I use my hands for the final mixing. Be careful, doh at bottom of pan is hot! Separate into 3 to 4 'balls' and add your coloring. Let doh completely cool before storing in sealed plastic bags. If your consistency starts to harden, just add a bit of warm water to bring back the elasticity to bit. If you do this, your play doh can last for months and be used over and over. Just remember if your consistency doesn't seem to be getting thick, just keep cooking, it will thicken.</p>
<p>Awesome, love the picture too! What happy kids.</p>
Hi made this today cooked for about 45 mins it just keeps sweating. Have wrapped in cling film. Can I recook it tomorrow even tho have already added colour?
Yes, you can re-cook at any point.
I placed it in the oven and I did not need to stir it.
<p>thanks a ton for this post. the clay came out really well. Perfect!!</p>
I just made this tonight. It was great. I made turquoise and purple (Anna &amp; Elsa colors!) ;)
<p>Awesome dough! Sooooooo easy and feels lovely! Put it in the kenwood mixer with the dough hook and mixed normal food colour through, no mess at all! Was still quite warm so the colour &quot;cooked&quot; and does not give off.</p>
<p>Do you have to use scented OIL or can you use something along the lines of vanilla? I am wondering because using something besides oil might mess up the recepe. </p>
<p>this absolutely sucked horrible consistency to watery.my two year old son was coverd in this stupid play doh. </p>
<p>Make sure your heat on the stove top (if doing it this way) is at the right tempter. I like to use low or sometimes when its a rainy day, medium. Also if its not sticking together well enough make sure to keep it on the stove for a little longer, but be carful, it may be very hot!</p>
<p>Keep cooking it until the dough comes together fully. On a rainy day this may take longer than you think.</p>
I love it but I don't have or know where to get the ingredients.?
<p>Easy, any ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. If you live out of the country ordering online off a website (e.x, Amazon, eBay) is the best way to go.</p>
<p>You could possibly get flour and salt at your grocery store LOL....</p>
<p>Many thanks ,,,</p><p>could i use a starch as binder for these formulation...???</p><p>could i use watercolors (which used in drawing) ???</p><p>appreciate your reply!!!!!!!!!!! </p>
<p>does this work</p>
<p>Yes! Just be sure to cook it long enough, especially if it's a rainy day.</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>
<p>I love it! What a great idea.</p>
Do I place it in the fridge or leave it out????
<p>Leave it out! The salt prevents anything from growing in the dough.</p>
<p>We made this tonight and it turned out great. You mentioned about baking it to make hard ornaments or figurines. What temp and how long would you say? I'm sure the time would vary depending on the thickness of the artwork piece.</p>
<p>Low and slow to avoid burning or cracking. Say around 200-250F?</p>
Turned out perfectly and still in great shape 5 days later - stored in Tupperware on counter. Thanks!!!
It's takes a very long time to cook though every thing is great
<p>This is the best play dough recipe I found.</p>

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