How to Make Homemade Playdough, It’s Easy!

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Why have I never attempted to make homemade playdough before? I’m amazed by how easy it is to make. And I had most of the ingredients in the pantry anyway.

There are loads of recipes online but I tried the one listed on the McKenzie’s Cream of Tartar container. It worked exceptionally well.


2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of salt
2 cups of water
Few drops of food colouring


Mix ingredients in a small saucepan

Stir over heat for 3 -5 minutes until mixture congeals. (Mine took less than 3 minutes.)

Eventually mixture becomes very difficult to stir and ends up in one big lump.

Remove from saucepan. Let it cool down a bit and then knead it to desired consistency.

To get a marbling effect on the playdough as pictured above, omit food colouring in the ingredients. Add to dough after kneading.

For older kids who won’t eat the playdough, add a scent. Knead in some essential oils or flavourings if you want to give the playdough an aroma for a more sensory experience. I added vanilla extract to the plain playdough, peppermint to the green playdough and lavender to the purple playdough. Smells fabulous.

It’s now ready for playtime. Get out some tools for playing such as a rolling pin, cookie cutters, etc and have some fun!

To store the playdough, put it in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Want more things to make. Try making goop, a super-cool substance to play with as it’s a solid and then changes to a liquid when you try to hold it.

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