How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)

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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

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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

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StaceyCarlyle0109 made it!5 months ago

just made this and worked perfectly, we added pink food colouring and lemon extract for a lovely smell....great recipe

Aylene125 months ago

I made it today for a project and my teacher loved it and it's better than all the other play doughs I've made.

heather.curtsinger.3 made it!6 months ago
We made this today, my two year old LOVES it! Super easy.....i do suggest gloves with the food coloring haha. My hands look like an easter egg!
kelly.pogson6 months ago

I need to make this for a therapy group

How long does the PLAY DOH last on average?

I read keep it in the fridge???


my4pop16 months ago

Very nice liked. I hope you the further development.

cookie 35 made it!6 months ago
Loved this recipe! My kids loved it too!

amazing! I don't know if it should but when kept in an air tight container mine has kept for two years!! Made it but i don't have any pics of the purple greyish mass

AlexandraG26 months ago

Thanks! Super easy recipe and made it the first time today! Came out perfect!

canida (author)  AlexandraG26 months ago


Im gonna try it on the weekend I jope it turns out aswell as it turned out for you guys.
canida (author)  louise.guenette.796 months ago

How did it go? What colors did you make?

PatrickBishop6 months ago

My little sister tried your project all by herself and it was a success.

canida (author)  PatrickBishop6 months ago

Great! I'm glad to help. :)

Gal.n.mi6 months ago

WOW !!!!!! Just finished a batch and it couldn't have turned out better !!!!

canida (author)  Gal.n.mi6 months ago

Excellent! I hope you had fun.

josiah.hodge6 months ago
Made this with daughter to sell as part of a school business project for her math class. Substituted out 1/4 c. of flour for unsweetened cocoa. Chocolate scented playdough! Also going to do cinnamon, vanilla, and a floral one. :) And the the trick is to just keep cooking until no longer sticky!
canida (author)  josiah.hodge6 months ago

I love this idea! Will add to the suggestions in the instructions. I hope your daughter's project went well!

aleah.ricks6 months ago
What temperature was good for cooking it in the oven? I got mine too hot and it exploded
canida (author)  aleah.ricks6 months ago

Low and slow, depends on how low your oven can handle. I usually put mine on at 200-250 and leave the door open to vent.

Probably best on a low heat, i burnt my first batch and was more careful on the second

mommy to two6 months ago
Hi. I noticed my hands drying up a little while kneading it. I dnt have sensitive skin at all. will it hurt my toddler's hands?
canida (author)  mommy to two6 months ago

It's salty dough, so your skin will dry slightly just like if you're at the beach playing in salt water. It shouldn't hurt your child's hands a bit, but if they're annoyingly dry just add a bit of lotion after washing up.

YvonneS27 months ago

I can't wait to use this on my 3D cell project! It's going to be tons of fun!

canida (author)  YvonneS26 months ago

How did it turn out? I'd love to see pictures of your cell.

econner37 months ago

I used to make this all the time when my boys were little. Once I'd tried it, I never bought the store play dough. But now they're 15 and 13 and I couldn't find my recepie for their little sister who is 18 months. Thank you for making this available so she could have this great play-dough! I love using Kool-aid for color and smell, but I didn't have any today so I tried the food coloring and essential oils. Not quite as good, but still better than the gross store bought stuff!

canida (author)  econner36 months ago

Wonderful! I hope you had a great time. Koolaid for the next batch.

htrevor17 months ago

Wow lol, quick and its... well, its play doh lol! Now just waiting for the kid to get here to color and play, this is awesome and one of the easiest things Ive ever done, thanks!

canida (author)  htrevor16 months ago

Excellent, glad to be of help!

fantastico my play dough turned out so well! Only thing I would mention is that when I put the salt in after all of the other ingredients had started to heat and been thoroughly mixed the consistency was much much better.

dsaavedra made it!7 years ago
cool! i made a monster :)
playdo monster.jpg
dsaavedra made it! dsaavedra7 years ago
heres another:
playdoh face 001.jpg

Let the mouth see the bunny!


(or whatever the small thing is)
TrisC codongolev12 months ago

yeah eat it


it looks like a head a eating a rabbit, just like Bambi! except even more bad I mean who would eat a small hare???!!!
yah!! i closed up on it and it looks like a buny
TrisC Sunny12461312 months ago

it is a bunny

awesome! and freaky at the same time. but still AWESOME!

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