There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!
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Truth: I have never bought playdough for my kids…and yet, it’s one of their favorite toys. How is that even possible?
It’s because I have an awesome homemade playdough recipe that is just as good (or better) than the name brand stuff at the store and about a gazillion times cheaper.
Now, I’ve tried lots of playdough recipes over the years, but I keep coming back to the same one. I found it on We Love Being Moms a couple of years ago (it’s their favorite out of 10 recipes they experimented with), and it’s stood the test of time for me as well.
I’ve made probably close to a dozen batches in the last three years (including this pumpkin spice version), and it’s practically perfect in every way.
(Update 6/13/2020: Three MORE years later, this is still the only recipe I use. I’ve now made it countless times. It’s great for a little homemade gift, for making play dates extra special, and for restocking my own supply whenever we want a new color…like when somebody mixes the colors all together so all we have left is brown. #lifewithtoddlers)
Why is this the best playdough recipe?
- It’s not greasy. I hate when play dough leaves my hands or my table feeling gross from too much oil.
- It lasts forever. Most homemade playdough I’ve made dries out too quickly and I end up throwing it away after a few days. But this stuff is still good as new 6 months later. As long as you store it in a zippered bag (and squeeze the extra air out), it will last 6-12 months!
- It’s super cheap. Flour, water, salt & oil. All easy, low-cost ingredients. The only thing you may have to go to the store for is cream of tartar, and that’s certainly not going to break the bank. (Tip: I buy cream of tartar in the bulk spice section of Sprouts, and it’s cheaper than buying the bottle at the grocery store.)
- It only takes 5 minutes. Now, you do have to cook this recipe on the stove, but it’s so fast. Literally, you just dump everything in a pot, stir & cook until it forms a ball, and knead it a bit to smooth it out. And…done!
Convinced? Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable Oil
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Food coloring (4 drops-ish)
- Dump all ingredients in a pot. Order doesn’t matter.
- Stir everything together until it’s mostly uniform.
- Turn stove on to medium heat, and stir the dough begins to solidify and form a ball in the middle of the pot.
- Carefully (it WILL be hot), remove the play dough to cutting board (or I just slapped it down on my granite counter top). Knead until smooth and cool enough for little hands to touch.
- Play away!
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