Step 2: Mix and heat

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.
I've gotten many comments asking about sticky dough, so please just keep cooking a bit longer and it will work!

<p>Play doh toys:</p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Psm6vMmI8&amp;index=1&amp;t=8m36s&amp;list=PLevSq7I9zRogg0zPmC4ktg4_TCsKs4Ou1</p>
My 11 year old Grandson made this tonight for a school project! It turned out perfectly! Scented with essential oil too!!! Awesome!
Do u have to use that much salt??
<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>it was a EEEEEEEEPPPPPPPIIIIIICCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>this did not work looks like chuncky cereyal with blood.</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>
<p>does this work</p>
<p>Yes! Just be sure to cook it long enough, especially if it's a rainy day.</p>
ill try it but do you know how to make edible cokie doe<br><br>
ill try it but do you know how to make edible cokie doe<br><br>
<p>this absolutely sucked horrible consistency to watery.my two year old son was coverd in this stupid play doh. </p>
Maybe u mixed it wrong I just did it n it works perfectly I just have to give it to my sister n done n make a new batch for my self just try one more time I bet ull hit it !!!
<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 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>
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>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>
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!! ?

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