How to Make Play Dough and Some Easy Steps

Published: 17th May 2010
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Playdough (aka Play-doh) is easy to make at home, and fun for kids of all ages.

Here's how to make your own non-toxic toy with tradition colors and fragrances.

This is the classic method that involves a bit of cooking on the stovetop - I prefer it because cooked playdough has a better feel than uncooked varieties.

If you want the kids to be able to do it all themselves, try this uncooked playdough recipe.

Warning: Keep away from dogs and other pets. Playdough smells like people food but contains lots of salt, and a hungry dog can eat enough to cause a dangerous salt imbalance.

Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been built-in here.

Some require cooking and some don't; some are destined to be eaten and some are not.

Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand.

Store playdough in a enclosed container or Ziploc bag. If it sweats a little, just add more flour.

For sensory variety, use playdough warm or cool as well as at room hotness.

Play-doh Creations

Look at these awesome creations if found from the face book play-doh page. They look so real.

I can't believe an important person took all that time to make the corn kernels and the pasta! When i played with play-doh when is was juvenile, is used to eat it.

My mom started making dough (lots of cool recipes here) for us because we always dried ours out.

How to Make Play


1. 1 cup flour

2. ½ cup salt

3. 2 tsps cream of tartar (you can substitue 1/4 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar for each 1/8 tsp of cream of tartar. Be aware if you use vinegar, the play-doh will have a vinegar smell)

4. 1 cup water

5. 1 tbsp oil

6. Food complexion (blue and green are the best, but any color will work).

A couple of drops will more often than not be enough. Too much and your hands will be bright blue for a pair of days.

Step 2 Mix and heat

Mix all of the ingredient together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls absent from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the cash to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you just need to cook it longe...

Step 3 Knead & color

Turn the dough out onto a clean contradict or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth

Divide the dough into balls for coloring. Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in.

Fold the dough over, operational the food color from side to side the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. ...

Step 4 Play and store

Play with your playdough- I really don't need to help you there. It's entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it's kid-safe.

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