Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes

The Question:

Stephanie Biggins-Pacheco wonders: Does anyone have any really great, flawless playdough recipes?

I had one and lost it!! Any suggestions or new ideas would be great. Thanks!

The Answers::

Kim Heineken

‎2 C. flour

2 Tbls. Cream of Tartar

1/2 C. Salt

2 Tbls. Vegetable Oil

2 C. Water

First put dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Make a well in center and add oil. Add 2 cups water and heat on medium high, stirring constantly until it pulls away from sides. Knead on a floured surface. Once cool, store in an airtight container.

**Different things can be added for a variety of textures, scents and colors, (such as ground coffee, powdered cocoa, Kool-Aid, etc.) Other ingredients–flour–may need adjusted to reach desired consistency. Enjoy and HAVE FUN!!!!!

Katherine Gegner

This recipe is 100% edible and can be eaten immediately.


1 cup water

3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar

1 cup of flour

1 package of Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1/2 cup of salt

Kathy Copley McMullin

I really like this one: 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon oil, 1/2 cup salt, 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar, food colouring. Cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes like playdough in consistency. Knead until cool. Keeps 3 months unrefrigerated.

Sharel Nelson

I LOVE the food coloring you find at cake shops because thay have fantastic colors and they blend so easily.

Sandy Nicholas Weiss

I like to use Kool-aid for coloring. It adds bright color and it smells good!!!! (Just remind kids not to taste it!)

Stacy Henry

The recipe that Kim H posted can be made without cream of tartar and without cooking. I heat my water in an electric tea kettle (my school does not have cooking facilities) then add 2 packages of kool aid (smells so good) dissolve 1/2 cup of salt and add 3 tbs oil.

Next add 3 cups flour. Often times the dough is sticky so I add extra flour. Then I put more flour ” magic dust” in front of all the kids and they work it into small balls of the dough.

I have used this recipe for years, I love it, it smells so good and lasts forever in a Ziploc bag!

Crystal Doster Bradley

Stacy, does it stain hands or surfaces (because of the kool-aid)?

Sallita Woolcock Ballard

I also use the kool-aide one too-lots of fun colors and smells great too! This is the only playdough that NEVER dries out 🙂

Dee Dee Spigner

 I make plain white playdough but I hide a small amount of cake shop coloring in the center. I give the balls to the kids and tell them that if their playdough changes colors they will have a great year! It’s like magic!

Laurie DeLia

 DeeDee, does the coloring stain the kids’ hands? Which is better- cake coloring or food coloring?

Dee Dee Spigner

Slightly, but by the end of the day it’s almost gone. Cake icing coloring is better. It is thick and rich in color!

Cindy Viscotha

Koolaid drink powder works great as a coloring agent in playdough and it adds to the sensory experience with a great smell.

Elizabeth Powers Paul

I put 3c. flour, 1 1/2 c. salt, 3 pkg of Koolaid, 71/2 T. of oil, and 3c. of almost boiling water in my Kitchenaid mixer. It turns out perfect and smells great!

Laura Jean Shane

The dollar store is really handy, and cheap, but I do try to make one batch with the kids with salt, water, alum (get in spices), vegetable oil and flour.

Stephanie Biggins-Pacheco

Thanks, everyone. This is great. My playdough is now made and in individual bags to have the kids use as they enter the classroom .


One thought on “Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes

  1. We cook a batch together each week in September. We start with the primary colors, then mix them to make orange, green and purple. It is a great ‘parent helper’ station!

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