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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

Just made one for my niece and she really loves it. ? Perfect consistency tho the smell is not that good coz we dont have scented oil but all in all its super fine.
<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>Placing it in the refrigerator causes it to sweat, then when you take it out again, all the moisture just sits on the outside of the dough making it sticky...</p>
<p>Do not put it in the fridge. That's where it is going wrong.</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>I made this dough and it turned out perfectly. I used self-rising flour because that is what we had on hand and I love the texture and that there isn't a scent if you don't choose to use one... although I'm guessing if you use the drink mix for color, you will have that fragrance as well. This recipe worked so well, I'm thinking of buying a 5 lb bag of flour and a mix pack of flavor-aid drink mix packs and doing one batch per color to distribute for my daughter's birthday party...</p>
<p>Here's a gluten-free version I made for my 7 month old: http://megandewitt.blogspot.com/2016/01/edible-play-dough.html </p>
<p>This recipe made great play dough that has no smell, thanks.</p>
<p>That playdough looks like candy.</p>
I made this recipe and it came out sticky and tacky-no matter how long I cooked it. For a second attempt I used a recipe from Martha Stewart's website and it worked perfectly in half the time. If this recipe works for you awesome! But if you're having trouble try Martha Stewart's. I'll probably never get this first attempt off of my pot!! ?
I love it but I don't have or know where to get the ingredients.?
<p>well hello there!<br>now I know how to turn my nephew into an artist!</p>
<p>I'm going to try this today for the kiddos.</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>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>it depends on how much the child will use it because i am doing a work placement in a nursery and the staff make a new batch every week because it doesnt last the week but this could be because they are always using it</p>
<p>I think it lasts just fine. We store it in Talenti ice cream containers.</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>I add mine at after it is cooked. I split it into bowls and add the colors I want. The knead, knead, knead. It works well for vibrant colors. I love this recipe!!</p>
<p>add the food coloring in roughly three minutes into the process of heating on the stove</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>i can't wait to try this recipe tomorrow with my 3 year old son hes really excited. It'll be the first time ive ever attempted this so needing some good luck sent ? love the part where you can put them in the oven and make dough figures and ornaments just wondering what gas mark would I put it in and how long do I leave them in for please?? I love making things and watching my little boy make things to, im very sentimental and love keep sake things. Will definitely post some pics tomorrow of our master piece's or our disaster piece's ? thanks again. Looking forward to a reply xxx</p>
<p>As a kindergarten teacher, I made this a lot. I found it lasts longer if you have kid wash their hands before using.</p>
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<p>What do you mix and cook?</p>
Thank you so much for this. Play Doh is, by far, my daughter's favorite thing to play with(I think because she is a kinesthetic learning like me). Unfortunately she has a bad habit of letting it dry out while playing with it. I am a full time student and don't have a lot of extra money so it's hard to just replace it when she does so and as a Mother you know how hard that is on the heart. She showed me this on her iPad and within minutes she had Play Doh again.
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
I made mine about 2.5 years ago and kept in a ziploc bag, we're making new playdoh today, so I am revisiting the same recipe. I assume it would also depend on the frequency used. My kids only used it about twice a month.
Used turmeric and got an awesome yellow
<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>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>

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