How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)

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Step 3: Knead & color

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Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves, a big ziplock bag, or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it's worked in bare hands are fine.

Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

1 If you use Kool-Aid or similar unsweetened drink mix for color, test on a small ball first- it won't go as far as the "real" food coloring.

NiCaam2 years ago
I have to admit I love the smell of store bought play-dough. Just brings back childhood memories, but I love that I can make this with the kids at home. We make slime all the time, and this would be a great addition. Thanks.
RiyaWorks2 years ago
works perfectly! just took 6 minutes from start.
I forgot oil :) but still outcome is excellent!
i_own_swag2 years ago
will it still be a little elastic without the cream of tartar
ppeach13 years ago
im just writing a list
katie12123 years ago
this is my frist time on here and doing the play dough
I made this with my 7 year old for school. They are making land forms. The teacher sent home this same recipe. But it was half the ingredients and it makes a smaller amount. Use this if you want a smaller batch:

1 cups flour
1 cups warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

we used blue food coloring.
Turned out great. You have to let it cook long enough. It looks like OMG this is going wrong but when it is like thick mash potatoes put on wax paper and let cool enough to knead and refrigerate. Daughter said it was awesome.
abambi'4 years ago
I got bored so i decided to make this, i didnt have the Vegatable Oil so i used Olive oil and it worked out to be just as good! It is extreamly easy as im only 12 and i found it easy! It is a really fun thing to make when your on your own :) Even the cooking was easy as it took a very short amount of time to make :) Defanantly reccomend this! Thank you!
If you add the color in the beginning when your mixing everything together that works just as fine and not as messy :D
I found that the gel food colors work better than the liquid. I's less mess and goes farther. ;) My kids loved making it!
SterLuMan4 years ago
Looks yummy! xD
DippyDaisy4 years ago
I've used virtually the same recipe loads of times but made it in the microwave - super easy!

Unfortunately, I've lost my recipe - which is why I came online ot look for one - I will use this one but give the microwave a try!!

I remember bits overheating sometimes and you'd get dried out crispy bits but you just pick those off - still super easy and better than having to stir, you can also use a glass bowl so easier to clean than a pan :-)
rwhitfield4 years ago
I remember licking play-dog when I was little... it's really salty! :P
hstephens4 years ago
I just finished making this with my 4 year old, and it turned out GREAT! We've never made play doh before, so I was a little worried about how it would work. It was super easy and pretty fast! She's playing with it at the dining room table as I type. :) Thanks for sharing, and we will definitely be making this on a regular basis!
great recipie, but rerfigerate for even better results.
No one told me how much arm power Id need with all that kneading and stirring!

I used neon food cooling and the play dough turned out great!
how would it come out if i dont use thee tartar sauce??
i think i made this wrong, because it smelled RANCID!!! still does, i didnt add the tartar too so i dont know what i did wrong :(
chillifilli5 years ago
sweet im gunna try makin this 4my 2 n 3yr olds mite get sum peace 2day!! lol
I dont know if i did anything wrong, i only cooked it for like 5 mins but i have G.R.E.A.T Play-Doh :D
The first batch I made was still a littlite sticky and i cooked it forever. However the 2nd was much better. You can watch the dough turn a little darker it just really takes forever. I don't know the results yet but the first batch I have already colored but it is still sticky, so one color at a time I am reheating it to see if i can fix it. Amanda
how sticky was the play doh
melisolana6 years ago
do you really need to use 2 cups of flour!!!!!!!!!!????????????????
bgca-S6 years ago
I work in a community center with parent toddler programs and have made this recipe on many occasions. It is quick, easy and great quality.
mzstriker7 years ago
I just made this and it came out great but I was wondering if you could use icing coloring if you didn't have food coloring???
matfu7 years ago
Hey never mind about the comment before. I figured it out. This play dough is awesome it is way better then the store stuff thank you!
I just made the play dough and it turned out great! To the one who had the sticky mess all over your hands you didn't allow it to cook long enough. It will pull away from the pan when it is ready I tested it by pinching off little balls and if it didn't stick to my fingers it was ready. I had a blast making it. I plan to take some of it to church. Yvonne