best homemade play dough playdough recipe from martha stewart PragmaticMom

Make Your Own Playdough Recipe

DIY Playdough Recipe for Kids

This is an old recipe from my first preschool.  My middle daughter used to LOVE to play with playdough but she didn’t like the stinky smell of purchased playdough.  Mix a batch and store in an air-tight container for hours of fun. My kids would make this (with the help of a teacher or parent volunteer) in preschool when they were 3 years old. They love to stir (just do it off the stove) and adding the food coloring is magical for them! And there is nothing better than warm playdough!


2 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 teaspoons cooking oil

2 cups of water

food coloring


Combine everything except the food coloring  in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently.  It should be done in about 3 minutes; the dough will start to come together and pulls away from the pan.  Add food coloring a few drops at a time until you are happy with the intensity of the color.  Dump out and knead about 10 times.  Give the warm playdough to your child.  Warm playdough is the best!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I wonder what would happen if you used two teaspoons of peppermint oil instead of cooking oil??

  2. Just wondering if the cream of tartar is omitted would it make a difference?

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