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The Perfect DIY! A classic, no-fail recipe that will create a great ball of smooth dough. Nonflaky and when stored properly, long lasting. The best part about this Best-Ever Homemade Playdough Recipe, is that its 100% non-toxic.

As any parent of previous preschoolers, I was on the hunt for a good playdough.

We were used to buying the typical Play-Doh, from Walmart bins at fifty cents a cup. This adds up pretty fast! We tried homemade recipe after homemade recipe, finally landing on this cool one. Toddler Working in Messy Playdough.

Our days of experimenting, were pretty…well, messy. Almost disastrous, if you’re a cleaning machine like me!

This photo is of my daughter Faith, who was four years old at this time.

Playdough Activities

Playdough activities provide a fantastic sensory and kinesthetic experience for kids, also adults! I’m guilty of building with this awesome dough. It is no mystery that playdough encourages imaginative play, creative expression, and guarantees hours of fun. My daughters have played with playdough for two to three hours at a time. It is greatly loved among all of my creative students.

We found that many of the DIY playdough recipes, online creates dough that’s crumbly, sticky, or just plain old bad! So with a shake of more of our secret recipe and a pinch more salt here, we made this one.

Other Facts

This playdough is made entirely on the stove. The other types without the stove just did not work. If you try this recipe, please come back and let me know how it went. Send us a picture!

The recipe will take you about five minutes on a normal basis. If you are just beginning, expect to take about ten minutes to get things together and set up. Watch that dough on the stove top, it will thicken on you fast. My first batch wasn’t so good. But once I got the hang of it, yes!!!

Store your playdough in a zip-lock bag or airtight container IN THE FRIDGE. It shouldn’t dry out, but if you notice it becoming a bit dry, add a few drops of water and knead it into the dough.

Best-Ever Homemade Playdough Recipe

 The Perfect DIY! A classic, no-fail recipe that will create a great ball of smooth dough. None flaky and when stored properly, long lasting.

  • Medium sauce pan
  • Large wooden spoon or metal spoon.
  • An air tight container for storage or freezer bag
  • Wax paper to pour out the dough, allowing it to cool.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 TBS vegetable oil
  • Any gel food coloring
  • 1 tsp Of any scented non-toxic essential oil (Very optional. Some young kids might try to eat this if it smells too good!)
  1. First, In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt. The salt will keeps it from sticking and helps preserve it

  2. Next, add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  3. Then, turn your burner on medium to low and stir. It will be a little lumpy which is okay.

  4. Next, before it starts getting thick which WILL happen fast, add your gel Food Coloring. If it gets to thick before you add it, it will be hard to get an even color.

    Add the gel color and stir!

  5. Then, keep stirring, it is going to start thickening up. This could take anywhere from 30 seconds-2 minutes depending on how hot your pan or stove is.

  6. As you see it’s getting thicker, keep stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot.

  7. Put the dough on some wax paper and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Then take the ball in your hands and knead for a few seconds to add tenderness.

For more playdough of various colors, repeat the recipe, but add different colors of dye. When making this for a play school classroom, or playdate, simply increase the ingredient amounts!

The one con about this recipe, is that its cooked entirely on the stove, which may cut down on the amount that kids can help and when they can play with it as it cools.

This is an quick and easy-to-make recipe that produces a roll-able, foldable, moldable, non-toxic dough that doesn’t dry out too fast and can be saved for later play, if stored correctly.

However, I haven’t found a recipe better!

DIY, homemade, play doe

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